Cheese recalled over listeria concerns


A Washington state dairy has issued a recall for a select cheese, according to the U.S. Drug and Food Administration.

Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, Wash., is voluntarily recalling its "Raw Cheddar" because it has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, 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.

To date, no illnesses have been reported.

Approximately 20 pounds of the recalled product were distributed through a very few, select retail stores in the state, as well as at Golden Glen's on-farm store, between Sept. 22 and Nov. 5.

The packages range in weight from quarter- to half-pound pieces, and are random-weight cuts.

The product is vacuum packaged in clear plastic with a stick-on label. The label reads in part: "Raw Cheddar," "GOLDEN GLEN CREAMERY" and "Natural handcrafted cheese produced by the Jensen ladies." The back of the product has a white sticker with the three-digit code "864."

The Raw Cheddar is being voluntarily recalled as result of a surveillance sample collected and analyzed by the state Department of Agriculture that was found to be positive for listeria monocytogenes. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as the investigation continues.

Consumers who have purchased the product are urged to destroy the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information call 360-766-6455 or email


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