Picnic Gourmet Spreads has said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall for the company’s Red Pepper Feta Cheese Spread after it was found that the said spread may be tainted with Listeria monocytogenes. Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, Picnic Gourmet Spreads has also decided to issue a voluntary recall all the other flavors for their gourmet cheese spreads.
FDA had discovered the listeria problem during a routine retail sampling done by the DHMH Office of Food Protection, which was followed up by an analysis by the DHMH Laboratories Administration. Following the listeria detection, Picnic Gourmet Spreads Chief Executive Officer Brady Marz has said they “immediately sprung into action a plan to isolate and eradicate all potential contamination sources in our kitchen, as well as, in the ingredients and distribution methods of our products.” To date, there have been no reports of illnesses related to the company’s recalled products so far.
Following Picnic Gourmet Spreads’ decision, the recall was extended to the rest of the company’s cheese spreads product line, which includes flavors like Moroccan Cilantro, Tandoori Garlic, Herbed Goat Cheese, Parmesan and Chipotle Sage. Furthermore, all affected cheese spreads have a “Best By” date of October 6.
Consumers are asked to stop consumption of the affected cheese spreads and to discard them immediately. Picnic Gourmet Spreads’ products are distributed by Euro-USA in Maryland, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Picnic Gourmet Spreads a business run by husband and wife, Brady Marz and Heather O’Donovan. Based in Potomac, MD, they make specialty cheese spreads in small batches.