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Meijer issues deli cheese recall over listeria concerns

Meijer is recalling its store brand Colby and Colby Jack deli cheese due to concerns of listeria contamination. (Photo: FDA)

Meijer is recalling its store brand Colby and Colby Jack deli cheese due to concerns of listeria contamination.

The Meijer Brand Colby Cheese and Colby Jack Cheese were sold in Meijer store delis from Nov. 10, 2016 to Feb. 9, 2017.

According to the company, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the product.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, Meijer said in the recall statement.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, a Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The company received notice of a possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination from MDS Foods, a Meijer supplier that sources the Meijer branded cheeses from Indiana manufacturer Deutsch Kase Haus.

The recalled product will be in plastic deli packaging with printed labels that have the UPCs 215927xxxxxx or 215938xxxxxx.

The last 6 digits will vary, and are determined by weight since the product was purchased at the deli counter.

Customers should stop using the product and either dispose of it or return it to the customer service desk at any Meijer store for a full refund.

For more information, customers can contact Meijer at 800-543-3704 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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