Golden Glen Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar Recall
|Date:||June 11, 2012|
|What:||Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar|
|Why:||Listeria monocytogenes contamination|
|Scope:||Oregon and Washington|
Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, Washington is recalling Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar produced on August 30, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Creamery agreed to recall the Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar after a sample taken by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) returned with a positive result. Samples of the same batch have tested negative through an independent, state-approved lab that Golden Glen Creamery submitted samples to.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which 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.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Approximately 124 pounds of the Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar were sold from March 1st of this year through June 7th of this year in pre-cut, random weight packages, ranging in size from 1/3 pound pieces to 1/2 pound pieces. The labels read in part: "Medium Cheddar – Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic", "GOLDEN GLEN CREAMERY" and "Natural handcrafted cheese produced by the Jensen Ladies", with the three-digit batch code that reads 887. These products were sold at various local area farmers markets in Skagit, Snohomish and King County, Washington, as well as independent retailers in Washington State and Oregon.
Golden Glen Creamery has ceased distribution of the identified batch. The company conducts its own weekly environmental and product testing and has had no positive results in the previous six months that it has implemented this protocol.
Consumers who purchased the affected Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Golden Glen Creamery at (360) 766-6455, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific time or by email to email@example.com.
Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.