|East Tennessee company recalling cheese
Sweetwater Valley Farms of Philadelphia, Tennessee is recalling cheese that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.Advertisement
According to the Food and Drug Administration, that is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
In a release, the FDA said symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection has also been known to cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
So far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall.
The FDA release reported that a Tennessee Department of Agriculture sample of the cheese showed the finished product contained the bacteria.
Here is the specific product information from the FDA release:
Southern Cheddar Jack Volunteer Special Cheese, Lot Number 539 was distributed in 7, 10, 15 ounce, and 5 pound blocks and through retail stores in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, and Alabama. The product was also distributed to 48 contiguous states in gift baskets marketed by the firm?s website.
This product was distributed between September 19, 2006 and November 18, 2007.
Consumers who have purchased lot number 539 of this product are urged discard it or ship it back to the company for a full refund. Contact the company?s consumer affairs department at 1-877-862-4332 for further information.
East Tennessee Dairy Farm Recalls Contaminated Cheese