Hy-Vee Recalls Cheese Products Over Listeria Concerns


An Iowa-based retailer and cheese manufacturer called Hy-Vee has initiated a recall for several varieties of cheese products it ships to various states in the US. The recall is reportedly in relation to listeria concerns, meaning customers who have purchased affected products could be at risk of exposure to the dangerous bacteria. 

If you’ve purchased any Hy-Vee brand cheese products, you should check their best-by dates to see if they’ve potentially been exposed to listeria. It’s imperative that you discard any affected products, as listeria can cause illness and even death in some people.

What’s Been Recalled?

The recall applies to eight products sold by Hy-Vee, including gift baskets and cheese boards. These are very popular in the fall as the holiday season draws near, making this a particularly important recall for people in affected regions to be aware of. Hy-Vee sold the affected products in eight states in the Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The eight products listed by Hy-Vee in the recall are Cranberry Brie Torte (Brie Hostess), Apricot Brie Torte (Brie Hostess), Triple Crème Brie, Montamore Cheddar, Aged Gouda Cheese Board, Sparkling Fruit and Cheese Board, La Bonne Vie Domestic Double Crème Brie (cut & wrapped), La Bonne Vie French Double Crème Brie (cut & wrapped), Bon Appetite Gift Basket, and the Deluxe Delights Gift Basket.

Recall Information

Hy-Vee is a retailer that sells premium cheese products in 280 stores throughout the Midwestern United States. The recall impacts items with “best by” dates ranging from September 28 through December 14, meaning that many people might have purchased recalled products and still have them on their shelves without realizing they might have been exposed to listeria.

Listeria can cause illness in people when consumed. It can be potentially life-threatening to young people, older adults, or people with weakened immune systems. It has symptoms including nausea and vomiting. If you think you or a family member has been exposed to listeria, visit a doctor for more information.

What Should You Do?

If you’ve purchased any recalled products, head back to the retailer you purchased them from for a refund. Even if this isn’t an option, you should still discard the affected items. Customers with more questions about this recall should contact Hy-Vee at (800) 772-4098.

Hy-Vee has noted that the products might have also been sold through retailers like Albertsons, Athenian Foods, Fresh Thyme, Giant Foods, Harding’s, Lidl, Market Basket, Meijer, Price Chopper, Raley’s, Safeway, Save Mart, Sprouts, Stop & Shop, and Whole Foods.