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Listeria Test Leads to Butter Recall

Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, WA is voluntarily recalling butter produced on Nov. 2, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. 

A surveillance sample of the butter collected and analyzed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to the recall announcement. The creamery says it has ceased production and distribution of the butter as it, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Washington State Department of Agriculture continue their investigation to determine what caused the problem.

No illnesses have been reported.

The butter was distributed between Nov. 7 and Nov. 28 and is in circulation to date.

The recalled butter is in 4 oz. plastic round containers with tamper-evident seals. The labels read in part: “Herbes de Provence Butter” or “Northwest Mushroom Trio Butter,” along with “GOLDEN GLEN CREAMERY”and “Natural handcrafted cheese produced by the Jensen ladies.” The top label has the three-digit code 767.

Consumers are urged to destroy the butter or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  For more information contact Golden Glen Creamery at 360-766-6455 from 8 a.m. to  4 p.m. PST Monday through Friday, or by email at info@goldenglencreamery.com.

Earlier this month, Golden Glen Creamery recalled about 20 pounds of cheddar cheese distributed in Washington state after a surveillance sample tested positive for Listeria.   

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.


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