Every day dietary products, like processed cheese can develop Listeria monocytogenes resulting in consumer illness and posing serious problems including ongoing health issues , says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt
Miller’s Cheese Corp, has removed from sale Miller’s Shredded Cheese packages due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
L. monocytogenes has been associated with such foods as raw milk, supposedly pasteurized fluid milk, cheeses (particularly soft-ripened varieties), ice cream, raw vegetables, fermented raw-meat sausages, raw and cooked poultry, raw meats (all types), and raw and smoked fish. Its ability to grow at temperatures as low as 3°C permits multiplication in refrigerated foods.
The following products, with expiration dates of June 5, 2012 through September 4, 2012, are affected by this recall:
- Miller’s Shredded Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 7881236950
- Miller’s Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 7881200910
- Haolam Shredded Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 2663826200
- Haolam Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 2663800264
- Haolam Shredded Pizza Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 2663826300
Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
The main target populations for listeriosis are:
- pregnant women/fetus – perinatal and neonatal infections;
- persons immunocompromised by corticosteroids, anticancer drugs, graft suppression therapy, AIDS;
- cancer patients – leukemic patients particularly;
- less frequently reported – diabetic, cirrhotic, asthmatic, and ulcerative colitis patients;
- the elderly;
- normal people–some reports suggest that normal, healthy people are at risk, although antacids or cimetidine may predispose. A listerosis outbreak in Switzerland involving cheese suggested that healthy uncompromised individuals could develop the disease, particularly if the foodstuff was heavily contaminated with the organism.
Customers looking for additional information on the recall may visit Miller’s website at www.millerscheesecorp.com and FDA