For Immediate Release
February 13, 2017
Following the Sargento Cheese Company recall where select Sargento branded cheeses were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, Country Fresh, LLC. of Conroe, Texas, is recalling 2,552 cases of various cooking and snacking products (product descriptions attached), that contained Sargento branded cheeses because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and 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. The product in question was shipped to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia under the Country Fresh and store brand labels described in the product listing. The list of products subject to this recall follows:
|Product Description||Description of Packaging||UPC||Best-By Dates|
|Country Fresh Tuscan Style Mushroom||Foam Overwrap Tray||74641- 07211||February 14, 2017 thru February 17, 2017|
|Country Fresh Stuffed Mushrooms||Foam Overwrap Tray||74641- 07207||February 14, 2017 thru February 17, 2017|
|Southwest Stuffed Mushrooms||Foam Overwrap Tray||72036- 88471||February 14, 2017 thru February 17, 2017|
|Marketside Garlic Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms||Clamshell||681131- 14821||February 15, 2017 thru February 17, 2017|
|Ready Fresh Go Fruit and Hatch Pepper Cheese||Clamshell||41220- 03680||January 19, 2017 thru February 16, 2017|
The product bears “BEST IF USED BY” dates between January 19, 2017 (1/19/17) through February 17, 2017 (2/17/17). No products except those on this list are subject to this recall. To date, no illnesses have been confirmed by public health authorities. Sargento Cheese advised Country Fresh of the issue and Country Fresh is taking this action in the interest of protecting the public health. “Nothing is more important than ensuring that consumers enjoy nothing but high quality, nutritious, and safe and wholesome products from us” said Bryan Herr, Country Fresh’s President. Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 281-453-3305, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm541436.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.629.7263.