It's been a bad week for cheese. Since Feb. 9, at least nine brands—including Sargento, Sara Lee, Meijer and Amish Classics—have pulled their cheddars, Colby Jacks and various blends from shelves over concerns that listeria made its way into the packages.
But while these big brands made splashes in the headlines, this is hardly a heavy work week for the various government agencies that handle food recalls. In fact, the Food & Drug Administration's website lists five additional food recalls in the same timeframe, pulling items from stuffed mushrooms to salad dressing from grocery stores.
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Of course, some recalls are more serious than others. Listeria could be fatal, while meat containing E. coli sounds scary but could be harmless depending on the strain. So what do you do if you purchased a recalled product or worse, ate it? Don't panic.