Consumers across the country are urged to check their refrigerators for recalled Sargento, Meijer and Amish Classics branded sliced and shredded cheese, which can be identified by specific label codes listed below.
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, listeria can cause a serious infection called listeriosis.
Healthy people may only experience short-term symptoms like a high fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Middlebury-based Deutsch Kase Haus LLC notified the company that the Longhorn Colby cheese they supplied must be recalled due to possible contamination of listeria monocytogenes, according to a release from the company.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the recall Friday.
The products were packaged at the Sargento plant in Plymouth, Wisconsin, and were distributed nationwide.
This means Amish Classic Colby deli horns with item numbers 55209, 110316V02, 110316V03, and 110316V04 are all being recalled. All Meijer-branded "Colby Cheese" and "Colby Jack Cheese" sold in Meijer in-store deli counters are included in the recall.
Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese affected by the recall were sold in Meijer stores from November 10, 2016 through February 9, 2017.
The recall impacts "Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby", "Chef Blends Shredded Taco Cheese", "Nacho and Taco Cheese", "Off the Block Shredded Fine Cut Cheddar Jack and Colby-Jack Cheeses", "Sliced Colby-Jack Cheese", and "Sliced Pepper Jack Cheese".
Customers who have purchased these products should discard any unused portions and bring their purchase receipt to GIANT/MARTIN'S for a full refund.
The product sold as sliced deli cheese and has item number 55209.