Following notification from its supplier, Miller’s Cheese Corp., Massachusetts-based The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and Maryland-based Giant Food have removed from sale Miller’s Shredded Cheese packages due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The following products, with expiration dates of June 5, 2012, through September 4, 2012, are affected by this recall:
• Miller’s Shredded Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 7881236950
• Miller’s Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 7881200910
• Haolam Shredded Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 2663826200
• Haolam Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 2663800264
• Haolam Shredded Pizza Cheese, 8 oz., UPC 2663826300
To date, Stop & Shop nor Giant Food have received reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product. Customers who have purchased the product should discard any unused portions or bring their purchase receipt to Stop & Shop or Giant Food for a full refund.
Listeria is a common organism found in nature. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
Customers looking for additional information on the recall may visit Miller’s website at www.millerscheesecorp.com.
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. operates more than 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York and New Jersey.
Giant Food operates 173 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia.