November 7, 2000Nationwide Recall Issued for
Certain Colby Jack and Mexican Blend Cheese Products
Bay, WI (SafetyAlerts) - Schreiber
Foods, Inc. announced late yesterday it is recalling certain Colby Jack and Mexican Blend
cheese products after receiving notification that a supplier's cheese may be contaminated
with Listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled cheese was distributed nationally under 22 different brand names. At the
retail level, the affected Colby Jack and Mexican Blend cheese is packaged in chunk, cube,
longhorn, loaf and shredded styles for several supermarket chains and carries expiration
dates that range between November 14, 2000 and June 20, 2001 on the package. It is
important to note that each brand has a specific range of expiration dates associated with
this voluntary recall. (Complete roster of affected Colby Jack and Mexican Blend cheese
brands is attached.) Only Colby Jack and Mexican Blend cheese products with the expiration
dates noted on the attached list are covered in the precautionary recall. No other
Schreiber Foods products are affected.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious or sometimes fatal infections in young children,
frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy
individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache,
stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages
and stillbirths among pregnant women.
"Schreiber Foods' first concern is the well-being of consumers," said Larry P.
Ferguson, Schreiber Foods President and Chief Executive Officer. "We're voluntarily
recalling these products to make certain that no one is put at risk by a product packed by
The Company has received no complaints or reports of illness associated with the products.
A list of affected brands, product
descriptions and expiration dates is available here.
The recall was a result of testing
conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and reported to Schreiber Foods by
the cheese manufacturer, Hill & Valley Cheese Inc. of Cashton, Wisconsin. The
manufacturer notified Schreiber that Listeria monocytogenes had been found in some of the
cheese made by Hill & Valley. Schreiber Foods has suspended all production using
cheese made by Hill & Valley, supplier of the Colby Jack which was also used in the
Mexican Blend products. Both Schreiber Foods and the supplier are working with U.S. Food
& Drug Administration and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture to assure an effective
Consumers are asked to either dispose of the cheese or return it to the retailer where it
was purchased. Consumers with questions will find a complete listing of the affected
products is available by calling a specially recorded consumer information line at
1-800-637-8259 or on the Internet website www.pressevent.com/cheese/recall.htm.
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