Feds seize raw-milk cheese from Montesano creamery due to Listeria
October 26, 2010 – Federal authorities say they’ve seized all the cheese from Estrella Family Creamery in Montesano, Washington after the company refused to recall items contaminated with listeria.
The creamery makes its cheeses with raw milk from cows that graze on its organically maintained pastures. It sells them at farmers markets around Western Washington. Authorities say tests by the Washington State Department of Agriculture early this year came back positive for listeria bacteria.
The creamery recalled several cheeses earlier this year. The FDA conducted follow-up tests in August and found that the bacteria remained, but the creamery refused to recall all of its cheeses. The company says the seizure could put it out of business.
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