The H.E.Butt Grocery Company requested on Saturday (4 November) that customers return one UPC Code of Hill Country Fare Colby Jack Cheese Bites purchased at H-E-B Food and Drug stores throughout the state. This action is the result of testing conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and reported to H-E-B by the product manufacturer, Schreiber Foods. The manufacturer notified H-E-B Friday afternoon that Listeria monocytogenes had been found in some of the products manufactured in one of their contracted plants. There are no known cases of listeriosis associated with the consumption of Hill Country Fare cheese. H-E-B has decided to remove the product from the shelf as a precaution. ALL of the product has been pulled off the shelf today. To reiterate, there have been no reported illnesses to date.

H-E-B requests that the following product not be consumed. It should be returned to the store for a full refund: Hill Country Fare Colby Jack Cheese Bites sold in the packaged cheese section of the store in refrigerated cases 8 oz. Package, UPC Code 41220-51957. All Sell By Dates Included. NOTE: No other Hill Country Fare Cheese Products are affected, including Jalapeno Monterrey Jack Cheese Bites and Cheddar Cheese Bites.

"We want to assure our customers that all affected product has been removed from store cases. Nevertheless, it is important that if any customer has this product in their possession, that they return it to any H-E-B store as soon as possible for a full refund," said Mike De La Garza, Vice President of Public Affairs and Corporate Communications for H-E-B.

Consumption of food containing Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis. Individuals at highest risk of suffering symptoms are those who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems (infants, elderly, people with chronic disease, HIV infected people, or those taking chemotherapy). Listeriosis has flu-like symptoms, such as upset stomach, fever and chills. Other symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, and loss of balance. The onset of symptoms ranges from a few days to three weeks from consumption. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) less than 2,000 people in the United States report serious illness from listeriosis each year. Individuals at risk or experiencing symptoms should consult a physician. Listeriosis can be successfully treated with antibiotics.

The affected product was sold at all H-E-B Food and Drug stores in Texas. Pantry Foods stores, Central Market stores, and Mexico stores are NOT affected. Customers with questions should call the H-E-B Customer Relations phone number at 800/432-3113.