The Estrella Family Creamery of Montesano, Washington, had a booth at Seattle’s University District farmers market this weekend, but cheese was not on display at the creamery’s stand.  Instead, Anthony and Kelli Estrella were showing off current inspection records.

The World Cheese Award-winning dairy recalled a variety of cheeses after the creamery’s products tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes in February.  In September the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers that Estrella Family Creamery cheeses put consumers at risk for listeriosis, the illness caused by the ingestion of Listeria bacteria.

cheese-cracker1-featured.jpgOn Oct. 22, Kelli Estrella notified the customers that a seizure order had been issued for all the creamery’s cheeses.  The following statement was issued on the creamery Website:

“Last night at about 5:30 three cars pulled into the yard with FDA and Federal Marshals, alarming our kids. They posted a seizure order that named all cheeses on the property.  This is serious, it could put us out of business.

“I need to write something more lengthy than I have time for right now. But tomorrow we will be at the University District farmer’s market, sadly without cheese. But we’ve invited the media and would love to have our customer’s voices heard. Because we’ve been hearing you voice very strong opinions about wanting the right to choose your food. Please feel free to come and ask questions.”

The FDA and U.S. Marshals have not yet posted information regarding the seizure.

  • dangermaus

    Personally, I wouldn’t eat raw milk or fresh cheese from raw milk, but that doesn’t mean it should be illegal. We need tort reform so that people who choose to eat risky foods are actually taking the risk themselves.

  • Doc Mudd

    This documented series of adverse findings at Estrella Family Creamery exposes the fundamental inanity in blithely imagining that quaint, familiar ‘small producers’ are somehow magically, infallibly in complete control of their food production and processing.
    Listeria do not discriminate large from small producers, commercial from boutique marketers or trusted from untrusted vendors. Food is food, and it all needs to be safely prepared if it is intended for sale to trusting consumers. Caveat emptor.

  • tgnh

    The FDA posted an update on the Estrella case.