Meijer has expanded its recall of these products for possible cross-contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This is related to the large recall of cheeses distributed by MDS Foods. The cheese in these products was processed on the same line as previously recalled cheese. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the consumption of these products.
The recalled products are Meijer brand Artisan Made Natural Muenster Cheese. It was sold in “cheese islands” within the Retailer’s Deli section. The cheese has expiration dates of March 28, 2017, May 13, 2017, and June 10, 2017, with UPC number 8-86926 27573-5. Also recalled is Meijer pre-made Ham Sub on Artisan White Baguette. That product was located in the “grab-and-go” fresh deli cases. It had sell by dates between November 2, 2016 and December 30, 2016 and UPC number 7-13733 76499-5.
If you purchased these products, do not eat them. Throw them away in a secure garbage receptacle or take them back to the place of purchase for a full refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution to kill bacteria. Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at refrigerator temperatures, and freezing doesn’t kill it.
If you ate these products, watch yourself for the symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include severe headache, high fever, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women may only have a mild flu-like illness, but listeriosis can cause premature labor, miscarriage, and stillbirth. If you do get sick, see your doctor.