Maytag Dairy Farms of Newton Iowa is expanding its recall of “Maytag Blue” blue cheese wedges, wheels and crumbles for potential contamination with Listeria. The original recall was issued February 14, 2016. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death.
At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported in connection with the recalled cheeses, however symptoms of a Listeria infection can take up to 70 days to develop. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery and infection of newborn.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In addition to pregnant women, those most at risk are children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems.
This expanded recall includes 35 lots of 1, 4 and 8 oz. wedges and 2 and 4 lb. wheels; and 43 batches of 8 oz. crumbles and 5 lb. crumbles. This includes the 5 lots and 15 recalled batches which were previously announced.
The recalled product was sold through distributors, wholesalers, retail stores, restaurants, and direct mail orders nationwide from November 24, 2015 to February 11, 2016. For detailed information, click the link at the start of this story.