November 4, 2000H.E. Butt Recalls 'Hill Country
Fare Colby Jack Cheese Bites'
Antonio, TX (SafetyAlerts) - The
H.E.Butt Grocery Company announced today that it is recalling one UPC Code of Hill Country
Fare Colby Jack Cheese Bites.
The product was sold at H-E-B Food
and Drug stores throughout the state of Texas. According to a company statement the action
is the result of testing conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and reported
to H-E-B by the product manufacturer, Schreiber Foods. The manufacturer notified H-E-B
Friday afternoon that Listeria monocytogenes had been found in some of the products
manufactured in one of their contracted plants. The company stated it is not aware of any
cases of listeriosis associated with the consumption of the product.
H-E-B requests that the following
product not be consumed. It should be returned to the store for a full refund:
Hill Country Fare Colby Jack Cheese
Bites sold in the packaged cheese section of the store in refrigerated cases
8 oz. Package, UPC Code 41220-51957
All Sell By Dates Included
No other Hill Country Fare Cheese
Products are affected, including Jalapeño Monterrey Jack Cheese Bites and Cheddar Cheese
We want to assure our customers that all affected product has been removed from
store cases. Nevertheless, it is important that if any customer has this product in their
possession, that they return it to any H-E-B store as soon as possible for a full
refund, said Mike De La Garza, Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate
Communications for H-E-B.
Consumption of food containing
Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis. Individuals at highest risk of suffering
symptoms are those who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems (infants, elderly,
people with chronic disease, HIV infected people, or those taking chemotherapy).
Listeriosis has flu-like symptoms, such as upset stomach, fever and chills. Other symptoms
may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, and loss of balance. The onset of symptoms
ranges from a few days to three weeks from consumption. According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) less than 2,000 people in the United States
report serious illness from listeriosis each year. Individuals at risk or experiencing
symptoms should consult a physician. Listeriosis can be successfully treated with
The affected product was sold at all H-E-B Food and Drug stores in Texas. Pantry Foods
stores, Central Market stores, and Mexico stores are NOT affected.
Customers with questions should call the H-E-B Customer Relations phone number at
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