FDA announces recalls of cheese, pet treats

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a number of recalls this week.

"Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese" is being recalled by New Jersey-based Schratter Foods Incorporated, because the cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The recalled product was distributed nationwide in retail stores. It is sold in bulk half rounds of 8-9 pounds, and random weight wedge cuts, with a label stating "Imported by: ANCO Fine Cheese." Affected lots are 019 through 034, marked with expiration date of 6/15/2011 through 6/29/2011.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

Under its "Diggers" label of Boss Pet products, Keys Manufacturing of Illinois has voluntarily recalled several shipments of potentially affected products shipped out November-April.

"Pig Ears for Pets" treats has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, which can affect animals, and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with salmonella may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting any of these signs after having contact with this product should contact their health care providers.

Pets with salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. The company is encouraging pet owners contact their veterinarian if their animal ate this band of pig ears and is exhibiting these symptoms.

The "Natural Chews Pig Ears" were sold in boxes of 50 and 100; two-, four- and eight-pack bags, and sold in Washington and Oregon, among other states.

The recall is a result of a reported illness in one dog in Missouri.

Subsequently, Boss Pet has been working with the FDA to identify any products that might contain the bacteria while the manufacturer of the product and the FDA are continuing the investigation to determine what caused the problem.

Blackman Industries, Inc. of Kansas is recalling all PrimeTime brand of two and five-count "Premium Pig Ears" and all "KC Beefhide" brand of 20-count "Premium Pig Ears," also because of possible salmonella contamination.

The pig ear product was distributed between January-April, packaged in translucent plastic packages with yellow printed headers. The KC Beefhide product is packaged in a red mesh nylon bag with a green and white header labeled "KC Beefhide."

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