Oscars Smokehouse Inc. is recalling eleven of its 7-oz. cheese spreads because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria.
The varieties are marked with three-digit lot numbers ranging from 719-959.
The affected varieties are:
Jalepeno pepper cheddar spread
Chedder spread & blue cheese
Champaign cheddar spread
Tangy horseradish cheddar spread
Plain cheddar spread
"More than" cheddar spread
Hickory smoke cheddar spread
Bacon & horseradish cheddar spread
Bacon cheddar spread
Garlic cheddar spread
Port wine cheddar spread
Listeria 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 recalled products were distributed nationwide through mail order sales, wholesale sales and one retail store between 3/21/2013 to 3/21/2014.
The product comes in a 7 oz., clear plastic container marked with lot numbers 719-959 on the bottom of the container or on the cheese spread label itself.
NO ILLNESSES HAVE BEEN REPORTED TO DATE IN CONNECTION WITH THIS PROBLEM.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT of AGRICULTURE (MDA) revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 15 products, which included the 5.5lb.package of CHEESE SPREAD BASE produced by PARKERS FARM ACQUISITION, LLC that was used to further manufacture the above mentioned Oscar’s Smokehouse Cheese Spreads.
The production of this product has been suspended while the FDA and PARKER FARM continue to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased any of the 7-oz. “CHEESE SPREAD” products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers with any questions may contact Oscar’s Smokehouse, Inc. at 1-800-627-3431, Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm, EST.