Schreiber Foods, Inc. today issued a voluntary Class I recall of certain Colby Jack and Mexican Blend cheese products after receiving notification that a supplier's cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This bacterium may cause serious or sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled cheese was distributed nationally under 22 different brand names. At the retail level, the affected Colby Jack and Mexican Blend cheese is packaged in chunk, cube, longhorn, loaf and shredded styles for several supermarket chains and carries expiration dates that range between November 14, 2000 and June 20, 2001 on the package. It is important to note that each brand has a specific range of expiration dates associated with this voluntary recall. (Complete roster of affected Colby Jack and Mexican Blend cheese brands is attached.) Only Colby Jack and Mexican Blend cheese products with the expiration dates noted on the attached list are covered in the precautionary recall. No other Schreiber Foods products are affected.

"Schreiber Foods' first concern is the well-being of consumers," said Larry P. Ferguson, Schreiber Foods President and Chief Executive Officer. "We're voluntarily recalling these products to make certain that no one is put at risk by a product packed by Schreiber Foods."

The Company has received no complaints or reports of illness associated with the products.

The recall was a result of testing conducted by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and reported to Schreiber Foods by the cheese manufacturer, Hill & Valley Cheese Inc. of Cashton, Wisconsin. The manufacturer notified Schreiber that Listeria monocytogenes had been found in some of the cheese made by Hill & Valley. Schreiber Foods has suspended all production using cheese made by Hill & Valley, supplier of the Colby Jack which was also used in the Mexican Blend products. Both Schreiber Foods and the supplier are working with U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture to assure an effective recall.

Consumers are asked to either dispose of the cheese or return it to the retailer where it was purchased. Consumers with questions will find a complete listing of the affected products is available by calling a specially recorded consumer information line at 1-800-637-8259 or on the Internet website www.pressevent.com/cheese/recall.htm.

NOTE: News media are encouraged to hot-link recall information to their own websites.

                    Affected Brand Names And Expiration Dates


BRAND Product Description Expiration Date

ALBERTSON 1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 18 Dec 00 - 18 Mar 01
8 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 15 Dec 00 - 17 Mar 01
9 to 15 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 16 Dec 00 - 18 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 17 Jan 01 - 04 Apr 01
2 Lb Loaf Colby/Jack Cheese 21 Nov 00 - 27 Jan 01

AMERICAN
HERITAGE 26 to 32 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 02 Dec 00 - 19 Mar 01
1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 21 Nov 00
2 Lb Loaf Colby/Jack Cheese 03 Dec 00 - 24 Mar 01
8 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 05 Dec 00

BEST
CHOICE 9 to 15 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 07 Dec 00 - 03 Mar 01
8 Oz Longhorn Colby/Jack Cheese 08 Feb 01
24 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 21 Nov 00 - 11 Feb 01
10 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 08 Dec 00 - 08 Mar 01
1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 18 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 06 Mar 01 - 08 Apr 01

COOPER 10 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 23 Feb 01 - 06 Jun 01
7 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 07 Dec 00 - 29 Jan 01
2 Lb Loaf Colby/Jack Cheese 24 Nov 00 - 17 Mar 01
2 1/2 Lb Loaf Colby/Jack Cheese 03 Dec 00 - 09 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 14 Apr 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 29 Mar 01 - 20 Jun 01

COUNTRY
CROSSING 8 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 24 Nov 00 - 03 Mar 01
12 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 13 Jan 01 - 12 Feb 01

CUB
FOODS 9 to 15 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 14 Jan 01 - 03 Mar 01

FLAVORITE 9 to 15 Oz Longhorn Colby/Jack Cheese 30 Dec 00 - 05 Mar 01
1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 18 Mar 01
8 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 28 Nov 00 - 05 Mar 01
26 to 32 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 21 Nov 00 - 03 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 24 Feb 01 - 06 Mar 01

GREAT
VALUE 2 Lb Feather Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 26 Nov 00 - 24 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 24 Nov 00 - 22 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Fiesta Blend Cheese 23 Dec 00 - 09 Apr 01
8 Oz Cubed Colby/Jack Cheese 14 Nov 00 - 25 Jan 01
1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 15 Dec 00 - 25 Feb 01

HEINENS 8 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 05 Dec - 04 Feb 01

HILL
COUNTRY
FARE 8 Oz Colby/Jack Bites 02 Dec 00 - 20 Jan 01

HOME
HARVEST 26 to 32 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 02 Dec 00 - 21 Dec 00

HYTOP 9 to 15 OzChunk Colby/Jack Cheese 09 Feb 01 - 03 Mar 01
9 to 15 Oz Longhorn Colby/Jack Cheese 04 Dec 00
2 Lb Feather Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 30 Dec 00 - 27 Feb 01
2 Lb Feather Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 06 Dec 00 - 18 Mar 01
1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 16 Dec 00 - 11 Feb 01
2 Lb Fancy Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 08 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 27 Dec 00 - 02 Apr 01

IGA 8 Oz Fancy Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 02 Feb 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 08 Apr 01

OUR
FAMILY 1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 05 Dec 00 - 18 Mar 01
8 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 27 Nov 00 - 18 Mar 01
9 to 15 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 02 Dec 00 - 18 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 08 Jan 01 - 22 Mar 01
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 27 Dec 00 - 07 Apr 01

PARADE 1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 16 Dec 00 - 30 Dec 00
2 Lb Feather Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 06 Dec 00 - 18 Mar 01
2 Lb Loaf Colby Jack Cheese 03 Dec 00 - 27 Jan 01
2 Lb Loaf Colby Jack Cheese 07 Dec 00
8 Oz Fancy Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese 25 Nov 00 - 09 Mar 01

PIGGLY
WIGGLY 8 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 25 Nov 00 - 10 Mar 01

PRICE
CHOPPER 8 Oz Fancy Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 23 Dec 00 - 07 Apr 01
1 Lb Shredded Taco Cheese 02 Apr 01

REDNERS 9 to 15 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 02 Dec 00 - 29 Jan 01
26 to 32 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 02 Dec 00 - 29 Jan 01

REMARK 9 to 15 Oz Longhorn Colby/Jack Cheese 28 Jan 01

SHOP N
SAVE 26 to 32 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 02 Feb 01

SHURFINE 1 Lb Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 16 Dec 00 - 07 Jan 01
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SPARTAN 9 to 15 Oz Chunk Colby/Jack Cheese 14 Dec 00 - 18 Mar 01