Possible Salmonella Contamination Spurs Cheese Spread Recall

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In a news release Thursday, Miss Bonnie’s Gourmet, LLC announced that is recalling its Classic Cheddar Cheese Spread due to possible Salmonella contamination.

According to the release the items subject to recall are packaged in 8 ounce glass jars and were distributed between August 1 and August 8, 2011, display a “Best By Date” of December 23, 2011, and have a batch code number of 0116206G113. The affected products were distributed to Kroger stores in Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

The recall was prompted by a routine sampling by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Customer Services. No illnesses linked to the recalled cheese spread have been reported.

Consumers who purchased the affected product are encouraged to return the cheese spread to the store where it was purchased to receive a full refund.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause serious and potentially fatal infection. Those most at risk are the elderly, children and people with compromised immune systems. Salmonella infection can cause fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. In severe cases, the bacteria can reach the bloodstream, causing serious illness like arterial infections, arthritis, and endocarditis.

I hope that no one has been sickened from consuming the cheese spread. As a Fresno personal injury lawyer, I encourage anyone who has purchased the recalled product to return it as soon as possible.