December 8, 2016

FDA Updates Grassfields Cheese E. coli Outbreak and Recall Info

The FDA updated information about the Grassfields Cheese E. coli outbreak and recall on August 8, 2016. That company is voluntarily recalling 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria. The recall is for all tyeps and sizes of organic cheeses manufactured by Grassfields that is currently on the market. The recalled products were sold under the Grassfields name and include: Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Chili Cheese, Fait Fras, Polkton Corners and Crofters.  The cheeses were sold as 12 pound wheels, Six pound half wheels, and wedges of various sizes ranging from less than 12 pounds to 1/3 pound. Wheels and half wheels are sold packaged in cheese paper and wedges are sold … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalls Grassfields Cheese for E. coli

Grassfields Cheese recalled for E.coli was sold at Whole Foods. The natural foods retailer has issued a recall for the cheeses sold at some of its stores. The recall includes Grassfields brand: Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Fait Gras and Polkton Corners. They were cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with PLU codes that ranging from 0206151 to 0206159 and "sell by" dates through 9/2/2016. The recalled cheeses were sold at Whole Foods stores in Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Grassfields issued a recall for cheeses after they were linked to a cluster of seven E. coli illnesses in Michigan.  Symptoms of an E. coli infection include stomach … [Read more...]

Grassfields Cheese Recalled for E. coli; Associated With Outbreak

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is warning the public not to consume Grassfields Cheese, because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria (STEC). About 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses are being recalled. The cheese was sold from the firm's retail store at 14238 60th Avenue in Coopersville, Michigan to wholesale and retail customers. The cheese was also sold nationwide through the company's website. The cheese is associated with a STEC outbreak that has sickened at least seven people between March and July 2016. All of those sickened have the same outbreak strain of E. coli bacteria. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's Geagley Laboratory confirmed the presence of STEC bacteria in a sample of … [Read more...]

Maytag Raw Blue Cheese Recalled for Listeria

Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, Iowa is recalling raw blue cheese for possible Listeria contamination, according to KCCI in Des Moines. Consumers who have purchased these cheese should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. The cheeses were packaged on January 6 in 4 and 8 oz-wedges, 2 and 4-lb wheels and 5-pound crumbles. Some were distributed to HoQ restaurant in Des Moines, the Bear Restaurant in Ankeny, Wine Experience in West Des Moines, Fareway in Newton and Lomar Distributing, Inc. in Des Moines , KCCI reports. The recalled cheese was also at Maytag Dairy Farms. Symptoms of a Listeria infection, which can take up to 70 days to develop, include headache, stiff neck, fever, muscle aches, weakness and fatigue. These symptoms are sometimes preceded by … [Read more...]

In Canada, Bothwell Cheese Recalled for Listeria

Bothwell Cheese Inc. is recalling shredded cheeses for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers who have purchased these cheeses should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness.The recalled cheeses were sold in Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. They include: White Cheddar Shred, Old Cheddar Shred, Mild Shred and Old Shred in 10kg packages with Lot # 151030. And Mozzarella Blend Shredded Cheese in 340g packages with lot number Lot # 160626 Best Before JUN 26 16 and UPC 0 58898 34082 1.Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, seniors and those with weakened immune systems. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.Symptoms of an infection include high fever, severe … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Cheese Recalled in Canada for Staphylococcus Toxin

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Portuguese Cheese Co. Ltd. is recalling St. Jorge and Queijo São Jorge raw milk cheese from commerce because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Foods contaminated with this toxin will not look, smell, or taste spoiled. And the toxin is not destroyed by normal consumer cooking temperatures. No illnesses have been reported to date. The recalled products are St. Jorge raw milk cheese sold in variable size packages. The code on the product is Lot #914 and the UPC number is variable. Also recalled is Queijo São Jorge raw milk cheese in about 9 to 10 kg packages. There is no UPC number on that cheese. The code on that product, which appears only on the case, is AEE0215. The products were sold in Ontario at the retail level. … [Read more...]

Picnic Brand Cheese Spreads Recalled for Listeria

Ten days after Maryland health officials issued a warning about Picnic Gourmet Spreads, the company issued a recall for possible contamination with Listeria. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with any of these products. Listeria bacteria can cause a serious, sometimes fatal infection called listeriosis. Symptoms can take up to 70 days after exposure to develop. They include: fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, which can be preceded by nausea or diarrhea. Those most at risk for disease include pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Among pregnant women,  listeriosis can cause fever and other flu-like symptoms. The potentially contaminated products include Red Pepper Feta … [Read more...]

Three Stores Recall Cheese for Possible Listeria Contamination

Three stores have posted recalls of Karoun Dairies cheeses on their websites for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There is an outbreak associated with these cheeses that has sickened 24 people, killed one person, and caused one miscarriage over the past five years. Wegmans has posted a recall of six varieties of cheese sold in the Cheese Shop. They are Queso Del Valle Queso Blanco with UPC number 277889000000, Queso Del Valle Queso Panela with UPC number 277884000000, Queso Del Valle Queso Fresco with UPC number 277883000000, Queso Del Valle Cotija with UPC number 277885000000, Central Valley Creamery Farm Fresh Basket Cheese in 8 ounce packages with UPC number 79625222003, and GOPI Paneer in 226 gram packages with UPC number 79625270008. Big Y has posted a recall as … [Read more...]

Karoun Dairies Issues Photos of Cheese Recalled for Listeria

Karoun Dairies has released photos of the cheeses recalled for Listeria monocytogenes contamination. These cheeses are linked to a Listeria outbreak in this country that has sickened at least 24 people in nine states. One person in Ohio has died, and one pregnant women suffered a miscarriage. Additional illnesses are under investigation, according to the CDC. You can see pictures of the recalled products at the FDA web site. Look at them carefully. If you ate any of these products over the past five years and suffered the symptoms of a Listeria infection, see your doctor. The headline of the CDC article is "Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Soft Cheeses", but in the report, they state that "the investigation has not conclusively identified the source of this outbreak, but most ill … [Read more...]

International Recalls of Listeria Contaminated Cheese

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Tree of Life Canada are recalling Yanni and Gopi brand cheese products for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. There have been no illnesses reported in Canada associated with the consumption of these cheeses, but there is an outbreak in the United States linked to recalled Karoun Dairies products. In fact, in the United States, the Listeria outbreak linked to these cheeses has sickened 24 people in nine states. Twenty-one people, including five pregnant women, have been hospitalized because of their illness. One person in Ohio has died and one woman suffered a miscarriage, according to the CDC. The case patient count is: California (14), Colorado (1), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (1), New York (2), Ohio (1), … [Read more...]

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