Saputo recalled certain Gouda cheese products that were sold in the U.S. and supplied by Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC.
Deutsch Kase Haus is a major 3rd-party supplier of cheese to a wide range of retailers, so when Listeria was found in one of their products earlier this month, it triggered a lot of recalls.
Saputo recalled two types of Gouda cheese:
- Great Midwest® Applewood Smoked Gouda: ~6 lb products sold at deli counters in slices or chunks — “Best By” May 22, 2017
- Dutchmark® Pasteurized Processed Smoked Gouda Cheese: ~2 lb products sold as slices at deli counters — “Best By” November 18, 2017
The problem is that most of those recalls involved deli-counter sliced cheeses that are sold unmarked, so consumers may not realize they purchased or consumed a recalled product.
No illnesses have been reported, but Listeria infections can take up to 70 days to appear. According to Saputo:
Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled products identified in the table above with the specified sell by date are urged to dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.”
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal food poisoning in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weak immune systems.
In healthy adults, the symptoms of infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. The majority of infections result in hospitalization. In pregnant women, infections can also cause miscarriage or stillbirth.