The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture has issued a consumer alert for 4% cottage cheese made by Westby Cooperative Creamery because it may not be properly pasteurized. Consumers who purchased the product should not eat it as it may contain bacteria that could cause illness.located in Westby, Wisconsin. The presence of active alkaline phosphatase was discovered in samples during routine testing and may indicate that the product was not adequately pasteurized.
The cheese was distributed throughout Wisconsin and in Aurora, Illinois, on or before August 26, and marked with the lot code 10-6-16 cc and Plant #55-372. It was packaged in 16-, 22- and 24-ounce containers and sold under the brand names Westby, Food Club, Oberweis and Shurfine.
Consumers who bought the cheese can return it to the place of purchase or discard it. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported. Testing by an independent Certified Laboratory, according to the FDA, has not detected the presence of any harmful pathogens.
Symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal cramping fever and muscle aches. Anyone who ate the cheese and develops these symptoms should see a doctor.