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URGENT: Massive Cheese Recall In Progress Due To Listeria


Photo courtesy of Sargento.

Bad news is here for Sargento cheese lovers.

The cheese-making giants are just one of several companies involved in a massive recall due to Listeria monocytogenes, according to Food Safety News.

The recall began after Amish Classic’s Colby Jack cheese tested positive for Listeria in a Tennessee lab that traced back to a general cheese producer. The producer, Deutsch Kase Haus, LLC, then instructed anyone who carries cheese made in that facility to recall it immediately. Companies like Taylor Farms, who uses the cheese in Signature Select Salads made for retailers like Safeway and Albertson’s, and cheesemakers like Amish Classics and Meijer have issued recalls already regarding their products using cheese made by Deutsch Kase Haus.

Unfortunately, Sargento had two products — Longhorn Colby and Nacho & Taco Cheese — that were produced by Deutsch Kase Haus, and issued a recall on those items. To ensure safety, cheeses that Sargento packaged on the same line as those cheeses were also recalled. Those cheeses include Colby Jack, Pepper Jack, Cheddar Jack, and Taco Cheese.

This was a smart play by Sargento, as Listeria monocytogenes is known for being incredibly hard to get off of food contact surfaces. It grows best in refrigerated environments, and can be responsible for everything from fevers and joint stiffness to nausea, miscarriages in pregnant women, and even death for those with weakened immune systems due to meningitis. If found on processing equipment, it can cause massive recalls and lead to temporary halts in production — similar to what happened with Sabra Hummus toward the end of last year.

Fortunately, nobody has reported illness due to the cheese contaminations thus far, and we hope that this continues as the recalls finalize and cheese potentially tainted with Listeria is removed from the store shelves.

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Meet The Latest Addition To The Sargento Family: Snack Bites™ Cheese Snacks


Photo by Pete Pham

Sargento is thinking big on flavor and small in size with the release of their new Sargento® Snack Bites™ cheese snacks.

Each stick is less than 20 calories. These smaller sticks of natural cheese are also offered in four bold flavors: Savory Garlic and Herb Jack, Wisconsin Sharp Cheddar, Colby-Pepper Jack, and Chipotle BBQ Cheddar.

So, what do these newcomers mean for cheese lovers? Everything. The petite Snack Bites™ cheeses offer endless cheese-snacking possibilities and journeys, as their conveniently small size allows for snacking anytime, anywhere. Whether you’re packing them into your lunchbox or simply enjoying them alongside your favorite flick, the little Snack Bites™ cheeses make life cheesy and easy.


Photo by Pete Pham

Stacking them into towers is fun too, but ultimately, the new snacks stand on their own just based on their bold flavor.

Sargento® Snack Bites™ cheese snacks are now available in grocery stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of $3.69 per resealable bag.

Created in partnership with Sargento


10 Melty Cheese Recipes to Keep You Warm for the Holidays


One of the best parts about any meal is the cheese. Rich and creamy, it’s a must have for practically any dish, anything from winter greens to bacon double cheeseburger bites (see below). We’ve compiled some of our favorite holiday party-inspired cheese recipes, with some help from the folks over at Sargento. Because the holiday madness is already creeping upon us, we might as well eat heartily with friends and family in the process. It’s simple, do what your French teacher always told you – “J’Aimer le fromage.


Scalloped Potatoes with Cheese


Recipe: Sargento


Bacon Double Cheeseburger Bite Size Puffs


Recipe: Slow Roasted Italian


Cheddar, Chicken & Cranberry Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes


Recipe: Sargento


Pepperoni & Cheese “Calzonies”


Recipe: Cozy Apron


4 State Mac & Cheese with Porcini Mushrooms


Recipe: Sargento


Mini Cheese, Ham, and Olives Pizza

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Recipe: Ty Life


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese


Recipe: Cooking and Beer


Crêpes with Caramelized Apples and Creamy Ricotta Filling


Recipe: Julia’s Album


Purple Cauliflower Cheese


Recipe: Food Opera


Apricot Cheese Squares

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Recipe: Little B Cooks


H/T Sargento, Tasteologie, Tastespotting