BROOKLYN, NY – 4C Foods Corporation is issuing a voluntary recall on some of its grated cheeses due to possible salmonella contamination. Working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the company released the following information about the recalled products:
Six of the products are sold under the 4C brand name and two of the products are sold under the Cento brand name.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the recalled products.
The grated cheese products being recalled are sold throughout the U.S. and were all produced at the company’s Brooklyn, New York, facility before November 12, 2016. The recalled items have “Best By” dates between November 12, 2016, and November 12, 2018. They include the following:
4C 6 oz. All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
4C 6 oz. All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
4C 6 oz. All Natural 100% Imported Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
4C 6 oz. HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan Grated Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
4C 6 oz. HomeStyle All Natural Parmesan/Romano Grated Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
4C 6 oz. HomeStyle All Natural 100% Imp Italian Pecorino Romano Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
Cento 6 oz. Parmesan Grated Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
Cento 6 oz. Romano Grated Cheese packed in vacuum sealed glass jars
The cheese, which is sold to consumers in individual jars, is packed in cases of six and 12 jars. All jars have a 2-year expiration date code on the bottom side of the jars.
Consumers who’ve purchased the recalled products are asked to return those products to the retailer for a full refund. The company has established a toll-free phone number to assist consumers with any questions. That phone number is 1-866-969-1920.
“Our business depends on providing safe food to our customers,” said Sally McCracken, chief financial officer of 4C Foods Corp. “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 6oz grated cheese products. No other 4C products are effected. Since 1935, our products have been known for quality and we apologize to our loyal customers for the concern and inconvenience this causes.”
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions website, Salmonella is a bacteria that makes people sick. It was discovered by an American scientist named Dr. Salmon, and has been known to cause illness for over 125 years.
Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most individuals recover without treatment. In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. In these patients, the salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites. In these cases, salmonella can cause death unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
For more information on salmonella please visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventions website, at CDC.gov