Brooklyn, New York-based 4C Foods Corp. is voluntarily recalling some of its grated cheeses after inspectors identified a possible salmonella contamination risk.
The affected products are 4C Grated Cheese, Homestyle Grated Cheese and Cento Grated Cheese Brands, which were packed in 6-ounce vacuum-sealed glass jars with best buy dates between Nov. 12, 2016 and Nov. 12, 2018. The products come in cases of either six or 12 jars.
According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recalled products have the following UPC codes:
4C All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-33126)
4C All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-37126)
4C All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-77126)
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-32790)
4C HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 41387-11627)
4C HomeStyle All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese (UPC 41387-12302)
Cento Parmesan Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90502)
Cento Romano Grated Cheese (UPC 70796-90501)
Symptoms of salmonella in healthy people include fever, diarrhea, nausea vomiting and abdominal pain. For young, elderly or immunosuppressed individuals, more serious and sometimes fatal illness may occur, according to the FDA. In rare cases, the organism may enter the bloodstream and cause severe sickness.
“Our business depends on providing safe food to our customers,” Sally McCracken, chief financial officer of 4C Foods Corp, said in a news release posted on the company website. “We have received no reports of illness or reports of salmonella found in our product in the marketplace. However, it was found following a lab test of one of our cheese products from our facility, so out of an abundance of caution, we are undertaking this voluntary recall of our 6-ounce grated cheese products.”
The company urged customers to either discard the product or return it to their place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, contact 4C Foods Corp. at 866-969-1920 Monday- Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST.