Costco Just Recalled a Major Cheese Brand in One U.S. Region

Updated: Jun. 03, 2024

The cheesemaker advises Costco members that the product was sold throughout the month of May and may contain foreign matter.

If you’re a Tillamook fan, you might love the brand even more if you’re aware that they’re a certified B-corp, meaning the company meets “the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.” Tillamook has also operated as a co-op since 1909, which means the brand is owned and led by a group of Oregon dairy farmers, not a large corporation, who have a voice in the business decisions and the future of the brand.

One June 1, 2024, that leadership team announced to Costco members in a letter from their chief supply chain officer that they were recalling a product sold at Costco between May 9 and May 31, 2024:

“Through standard food safety and quality processes, Tillamook has identified a very small quantity of gray and black plastic pieces that may be present in a limited quantity of Monterey Jack Cheese that is included in the 32 oz. package of Tillamook Monterey Jack and Tillamook Colby Jack cheese slices, with a ‘Best If Used By’ date of October 22, 2024.”

It’s said the two affected jack cheese varieties were produced for Costco locations in the Northwest region of the United States.

People enter and exit a Costco Wholesale Big Box Store on a sunday day in March of 2023 in Bayonne, New JerseyGary Hershorn/Getty Images

The recalled Tillamook cheeses are sold with in packages of 42 slices (which include 21 slices per flavor). “If you still have this item, please refrain from consuming it and return the package to your local Costco for a full refund,” the Tillamook letter states. “If you have already consumed the product without issue, you do not need to take any action, as the likely presence of the foreign plastic material is very minimal.”

It’s unclear how the matter may have made its way into the product, but Tillamook emphasizes they are “voluntarily taking action to remove this product from the marketplace,” adding this is “part of our commitment to product quality and safety at the highest levels.”

They say Costco members may contact Tillamook at [email protected] or toll free at 855-562-3568 with “issues or concerns.”

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