Fair Oaks Dairy Products of Indiana is recalling certain 1/2-pound retail packaged cheeses and cheese gift boxes because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


In a news release, the company said laboratory analysis confirmed that a four-year aged Cheddar cheese marketed in 1/2 pound packages contained Listeria. As a result, the company is recalling 1/2 pound retail packaged cheeses and cheese gift boxes produced in its plant from Sept. 30 through Nov. 17, 2011 and distributed primarily in Illinois and Indiana.

Fair Oaks said it has contacted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and that all remaining inventory has been quarantined and will be destroyed under FDA supervision.

There have been no reports of illnesses, according to the company.

The 1/2 pound packages are wrapped in clear plastic with the label “Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheese” and the name of the variety on the front panel. The recalled varieties are:

– Asiago

– Butterkase

– Gouda

– Aged Gouda

– Smoked Gouda

– Havarti

– Pepper Havarti

– Habanero Havarti

– Onion Havarti

– Veggie Havarti

– Havarti Dill

– Sweet Swiss

– Smoked Sweet Swiss

– Emmentaler

– Calico

– Mozzarella

– Farmers

– Cheese Curds

– Muenster

– Provolone

– Lacy Swiss

– Cheddar

– Cheddar Mild

– 1 yr., 2 yr., 3 yr., 4 yr. and 5 yr. Cheddar.

The recall includes gift boxes that contain any of these cheeses. There are no identifying dates or UPCs on the packages.

The cheeses were sold at the Fair Oaks Dairy store in Northwest Indiana, directly to other stores, and through distributors primarily in northern and central Indiana and northeast Illinois. One store in the Sulphur Springs, TX area also received the cheese.

Consumers who have purchased any of the recalled cheeses can return them to the stores where they were purchased to receive a refund.

For more information contact the company’s customer service at 847-884-000 or at 630-673-5200 if calling after 11 p.m EST.  The lines will be answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis symptoms may include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea and other gastrointestinal distress.  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 women who are pregnant. The incubation period for listeriosis is variable and ranges from 3 to 70 days, with the median incubation period being three weeks.