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Positive Listeria Test Prompts Cheese Recall

A California company is recalling 133 pounds of two types of cheese because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Tomales Bay Foods Inc. issued a voluntary recall of all partial wheels of its Shepard’s Way and Tumalo Farms label cheeses Wednesday after both internal testing and testing by the California Department of Food and Agriculture revealed Listeria in the product.

The Shepherd’s Way cheese subject to recall is called “Big Woods Blue” and was made between July 19 and 27, 2011. Tumalo Farms’ Pondhopper cheese is marked with a pack date of April 25, 2012. The products were distributed to restaurants and retail stores in California, North Carolina and Florida between June 25 and July 27 of this year.

No illnesses have been linked to the recalled product so far.

Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, chills, muscle aches, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and headache.

Pregnant women are at greater risk of Listeria infection. Listeriosis in pregnant women can lead to premature labor, miscarriage or infection of the newborn.

No illnesses have been linked to consumption of the recalled product to date.

If you think you may have contracted a Listeria infection, contact your healthcare provider.

Customers who purchased the recalled products are urged to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Those with questions can call the company at 866-249-7833 between 8 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday and mention “August recall.”

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