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Guggisberg expands cheese recall

After a previous voluntary recall of specific Guggisberg cheese products, Dutch Valley Food Distributors, Schlabach Branch, is expanding the recall to include additional Guggisberg cheese products and gift products containing the cheese produced by a third-party supplier because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a Department of Defense All Food and Drug Activity message sent Feb. 17.

The Defense Commissary Agency has publicized this recall to all its stores, said Christopher Wicker, a public health advisor for DeCA headquarters at Fort Lee, Virginia. Whenever a commissary has a recalled or withdrawn product in its inventory, the product is immediately removed from store shelves.

The following products affected by this recall have "use by" dates of June 1 through Oct. 27, 2017:

  • Guggisberg Colby Cheese Mini Horn, 6 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Jack (Marble) Cheese Mini Horn, 6 lb 0
  • Guggisberg Thunder Jack Cheese Mini Horn, 6 lb
  • Guggisberg Pepper Jack Mini Horn, 6 lb
  • Guggisberg Farmers Cheese Mini Horn, 6 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Cheese Longhorns, 15 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Jack (Marble) Cheese Longhorns, 15 lb

The following products affected by this recall have Julian codes of 16245 through 17025:

  • Guggisberg Colby Cheese, 12/1 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Jack (Marble) Cheese, 12/1 lb
  • Guggisberg Thunder Jack Cheese, 12/1 lb
  • Guggisberg Pepper Jack Cheese, 12/1 lb
  • Guggisberg Farmers Cheese, 12/1 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Cheese, 12/2 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Cheese, 12/1 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Jack (Marble) Cheese, 12/2 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Cheese, 12/2 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Cheese, 12/2 lb

The following products affected by this recall may have been purchased between Sept. 1, 2016 and Feb. 15, 2017:

  • Cheese Lover's Box
  • Holiday Delight Box
  • Ultimate Amish Sampler Box
  • Custom Gift Box
  • Holiday Crowd Pleaser Basket
  • Country Christmas Basket
  • Taste of Goodness Basket

The previous recall involved the following products:

The following products are sliced at the deli counter with no UPC and chunked with no bar code with "use by" dates of June 1 through Oct. 27, 2017:

  • Guggisberg Cheddar Horns, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Colby Horns, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Farmer's Cheese Horns, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Garden Vegetable Horns, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Marble Horns, 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Marble Longhorn, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Pepper Jack Horns, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Thunder Jack Horns, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb
  • Guggisberg Cheese with Yogurt Cultures Deli Horns, 20/1 lb, 2/6 lb & 2/15 lb

The following products carry UPC codes with "use by" dates of June 1 through Oct. 27, 2017:

  • Guggisberg Exact Marble Mini Rounds, 12/12 ounces: UPC 710917 361018
  • Guggisberg Exact Colby Mini Rounds, 12/12 ounces: UPC 710917 361025
  • Guggisberg Exact Pepper Jack Mini Rounds, 12/12 ounces: UPC 710917 361032

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Customers should return this product to the commissary of purchase for a full refund.

Listeria monocytogenes may cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Healthy adults may only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infections may also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. The illness caused by these bacteria can take up to 70 days to appear.

Product photos and codes are available on the Food and Drug Administration website

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