This Cheese Recall Affects 8 Different Types of Cheese—Here’s What We Know

Time to check your fridge!

There’s no denying that cheese amps up pretty much any dish—no matter what type of cheese you use, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with this ingredient. Of course, we have to super careful with it. It’s important to store food correctly and cheese is high on the list of things that can spoil.

Unfortunately, it’s also susceptible to contamination, and an incident has led to a massive recall of cheese products by Paris Brothers Inc. The recall affects several types of cheese distributed across nine states.

What Caused the Recall?

According to an announcement by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recalled products are potentially contaminated with listeria, a foodborne bacteria. The bacteria is found in some types of produce, milk, and of course, cheeses, and can cause flu-like symptoms, gastrointestinal distress and in some cases, neurological issues.

The contamination was found during a routine sampling, and no illnesses have been reported so far. However, the FDA is urging consumers to be on the lookout for affected products that may already be in their fridge.

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How Do I Know If I Bought a Recalled Product?

The recall affects certain brands produced by Paris Brothers on May 4, 5, and 6, 2022, with the lot codes 05042022, 05052022, or 05062022. The FDA also notes that retail outlets may have relabeled individual consumer packages. The affected products are:

  • Cottonwood River Cheddar
  • D’amir Brie Double Crème French Brie
  • Milton Prairie Breeze White Cheddar Style
  • Milton Tomato Garlic Cheddar
  • Paris Brothers Mild Cheddar
  • Paris Brothers Colby Jack
  • Paris Brothers Pepper Jack
  • Cervasi Pecorino Romano

The products were distributed to wholesalers who then passed them on to grocery stores in Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota. You can find a full list of the affected products as well as product packaging on the FDA website.

What Should I Do Next?

If you bought one of the affected products, return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. And if you show any symptoms of infection with listeria, contact your doctor immediately.

If you have any questions about the recall, you can contact the company at 816-455-4188, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is an Assistant Digital Editor at Taste of Home. As a writer and amateur photographer, she often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. She can usually be found researching global cuisines, at the farmers market, doing yoga, or looking up new places to travel to.