Recalls: Allergens and continued Listeria concerns

While the suppliers caught in the middle of an ingredient recall aren't impacted as strongly as the food companies with the contaminated products, they will likely face some backlash from consumers and enhanced scrutiny going forward.

The Ministry of Health and Seniors is advising the public "not to eat Sargento Nacho & Taco shredded cheese with a sell by date of 14 June 2017 due to a potential risk of Listeria contamination".

The company first announced the recall from its supplier Deutsch Kase Haus on February 10 because of possible Listeria contamination. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

Although the Ready Pac recall did not name the cheese supplier, hundreds of cheeses and other products containing cheese made by by Deutsch Kase Haus LLC have been recalled this month.

No illnesses have been reported to date. On Feb. 10, Sargento and Meijer announced recalls of some cheeses distributed by Deutsch Kase Haus.Sargento then expanded its recall to include more products a week later and cut ties with the distribution company.

Tesco Ireland say the recall comes after a number of tests carried out by the Food Safety Authority found that there was traces of Listeria in their own brand "Tesco Cheeses of Ireland Wicklow Blue" cheese.

Shoppers who have purchased products affected in the recalls are encouraged not to consume them and to return them to the point of purchase for a refund, according to the FDA. The cheese tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and Tennessee officials posted a consumer alert.

  • Joanne Flowers