September 22, 2015 — Picnic Gourmet Spreads is recalling a yogurt cheese spread due to possible contamination with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.
No illnesses have been reported and the company said the voluntary recall is being issued “out of an abundance of caution.”
The contamination was discovered during routine retail sampling by the DHMH Office of Food Protection. Laboratory testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the sample.
Potentially contaminated foods include:
- Red Pepper Feta Cheese Spread
- Moroccan Cilantro Cheese Spread
- Tandoori Garlic Cheese spread
- Herbed Goat Cheese
- Parmesan Cheese Spread
- Chipotle Sage Cheese Spread
The products were distributed in Maryland, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., Minnesota, and Illinois. They are marked with “Best By” dates of October 6.
The FDA warns that Listeria infection can be very serious. Symptoms may appear within three days, but it can take up to 10 weeks after contaminated food is consumed (usually within three weeks). Symptoms may include nausea, diarrhea, fever, muscle aches, confusion, and convulsions.
In pregnant women, Listeria infection causes mild fever or flu-like symptoms. Consequences can be very serious for an unborn baby:
“Because Listeria infection can cause premature labor, premature delivery, miscarriage, stillbirth or severe infection of newborns, it is especially important that pregnant women avoid these products.”
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