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Blue Cheese Recalled Over Listeria Fears

A New Jersey company is recalling cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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In a news release, Schratter Foods of a Fairfield, NJ said routine testing by the company revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the bulk of Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese. Distribution of the cheese has been suspended while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the company investigate the source of the problem.

The recalled “Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” was distributed nationwide in retail stores. 

The product comes in bulk (round half 8.5-9.6 lbs) and random weight wedge cuts (UPC 0813555010000). The label states “Imported by: ANCO Fine Cheese and the affected lots are 019 through 034. 

Additionally, the recalled lots are marked with expiration dates of June 15, 2011 through June 29, 2011. The product could be cut at retail from the bulk or purchased and sold as pre-cut wedges. 

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the cheese. 

The recalled wedge cut package of “Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 973-461-2400 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST).   

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