Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, WA is recalling about 20 pounds of cheddar distributed in Washington state because the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
To date, no illnesses have been reported.
According to the recall notice, a surveillance sample of the creamery’s cheddar collected and analyzed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Golden Glen Creamery has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the Food and Drug Administration, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the company continue their investigation into what caused the problem.
The Raw Cheddar was distributed through a few retail stores in Washington State, as well as at Golden Glen’s on-farm store between Sept. 22 and Nov. 5 this year.
The random-weight cuts range in size from ¼ to ½ pound pieces, and are vacuum packaged in clear plastic with a stick-on label that reads in part: “Raw Cheddar,” “GOLDEN GLEN CREAMERY”and “Natural handcrafted cheese produced by the Jensen ladies.” The back of the product has a white sticker with the three-digit code “864.”
Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to destroy the product or return the product 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 email@example.com.
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.