NEW RECALL: 1,400 Pounds of Cheese May Be Contaminated with Listeria

( – A Milford, New York cheese company is recalling 1,400 pounds of its cheese over fears of contamination with Listeria, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Cooperstown Cheese Company and the FDA found Listeria monocytes during a routine inspection at one of their facilities, and although no illnesses have been reported in connection with their products, the recall is a proactive measure.

An FDA announcement regarding the recall suggests the bacteria can cause a variety of symptoms depending on the individual. It can be life-threatening for those who are immune-compromised, elderly, or otherwise frail. Healthy individuals typically get diarrhea, fever, headache, stiffness, and fatigue before eventually recovering.

The disease can be especially risky for pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

The cheese was distributed from June 21st through July 10th at farmer’s markets, restaurants, and retail outlets and they’re labeled as Abbie, Jersey Girl, and Toma Celena. Multiple varieties with garlic/spring onions/rosemary are all being recalled.

Cooperstown Cheese is an incredibly popular brand that previously was praised by Westchester Magazine and other outlets for the quality of its products. Their cheese is so popular it’s been used by high-end restaurants and being a NY company is often touted as an additional advertising tidbit.

It’s uncertain how the bacteria contaminated the cheese, but its natural environment is animal dung, and unsanitary conditions or an accident could have contributed to the milk being contaminated. The CDC describes a list of risky foods and more details on the bacteria on its website.

Around 1,600 people report infection per year, there are likely more cases that go unreported due to their symptoms being mild. The more severe complications include stiffness, headache, and potentially convulsions.

This is the second time the Cooperstown Cheese Company has had bacteria concerns. In 2017 they also issued a recall, according to a report by the Times Union.

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