A Westby, WI establishment is now recalling eight-ounce bags of shredded cheese because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The product in question was sold in retail stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and California beginning Nov. 1, 2011. Consumers who may have purchased Nordic Creamery shredded cheese included in this recall should discard it immediately or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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What’s the problem?
January 3, 2012 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Bekkum Family Farms LLC is now recalling eight-ounce bags of Nordic Creamery Brand Grumpy Goat Shreds because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products affected by this recall can be identified by a date code of 10-MAR-12.
Bekkum was notified of the potential contamination by Alpine Slicing & Cheese Conversion, the processing company that shredded the cheese on the same equipment where other cheese had tested positive for Listeria. Alpine packages and processes cheese for other companies.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. A person who has contracted listeriosis typically experiences fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. Nearly everyone who gets listeriosis has an ‘invasive’ infection, in which the bacteria spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. Healthy adults rarely become severely sickened by Listeria bacteria. However, certain individuals face an increased risk of listeriosis, including:
- newborn babies
- pregnant women – expecting females are some 20 times more likely to get listeriosis than the average healthy adult
- those with compromised immune systems
- patients with cancer, diabetes, AIDS or kidney disease
- the elderly
Listeria infections are typically diagnosed with a blood or spinal fluid test. In pregnant women, a blood test is considered the most reliable way to confirm a Listeria diagnosis. The CDC also recommends that high-risk individuals falling into any of the categories listed above who develop signs of serious illness within two months of eating contaminated food products contact their physician and inform him or her about their exposure to Listeria. In most cases, contamination by Listeria monocytogenes can be prevented by following a few simple rules:
- do not consume raw (unpasteurized) milk or milk products
- wash hands and all kitchen utensils after preparing uncooked food
- rinse raw produce throughly before eating
- keep uncooked meats separate from fruits and vegetables
- thoroughly cook meat to a safe internal temperature
- eat perishable (ready-to-eat) foods as soon as possible
- heat hot dogs, cold cuts and deli meats before consuming
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