This past week 4C cheese recalls a few of their packages of cheese.

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

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 6 OZ 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."

How To Detect Salmonella
Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection.  The illness lasts 4 to 7 days, and most recover without treatment.  In some cases, symptoms may be so severe that infected may need to be hospitalized.  In these patients, the salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites.  Salmonella can be deadly 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.

Additional Reporting by Sara Achorn