Heluva Good Recalls Cold Pack Cheese Product
HP Hood has recalled two flavors of Heluva Good Cold Pack Cheese Food. During sampling by the state of Wisconsin, Listeria monocytogenes was found in some of the finished product. Listeria infection can be serious or fatal to those at high risk, such as those with compromised immune systems, and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women and their babies.
Heluva Good Recalled Cheese Products
The products affected by the recall, announced on January 11, 2010, are:
- Heluva Good Port Wine Cold Pack Cheese Food, packaged in 8oz plastic cup containers, with a sell by date between 11/15/2010, and UPC 73570 55503
- Heluva Good Sharp Cheddar Cold Pack Cheese Food, packaged in 8oz plastic cup containers, with a sell by date between 11/15/2010, and UPC 73570 55501
Listeria Can Cause Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death
While the elderly, young children, and people with compromised immune systems are at risk for serious listeria infection, healthy adults with normal immune systems rarely become infected with listeria. The exception is pregnant women. Women who are pregnant are more likely to become infected when exposed to listeria and the bacteria can be fatal to both fetuses and newborns to whom the mother can pass the infection.
People with certain diseases, including AIDS and cancer are also at an elevated risk for listeria infection.
Listeria is often found in raw foods, and cooking kills the bacteria. However, food can be re-contaminated after it is cooked and before it is packaged. Soft cheeses, and pre-cooked meats such as hotdogs, are common sources of listeria food poisoning.
If you believe that you have contracted listeriosis from eating recalled Heluva Good cheese products or any other product that was discovered to be contaminated, please contact the experienced defective products attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton, serving clients nationwide.