Imported Cheese Recalled for Potential Listeria

Mt. Vikos, Inc., Marshfield, Massachusetts just issued a voluntarily recall of all size packages and all lot numbers of Mt. Vikos Brand Manouri Sheep & Goat’s Milk Cheese, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The recall was implemented because the recalled Mt. Vikos Cheese has the potential to be contaminated with <"">Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis; however, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

The recalled Mt. Vikos Brand Manouri Sheep & Goat’s Milk Cheese is distributed in clear plastic packaging for the retail market in four-ounce portions with the Mt. Vikos Manouri label. In addition, the cheese is distributed in approximately one-kilogram logs in clear plastic packaging with the Mt. Vikos Manouri label. Customers who purchase the food service log may repackage the cheese in food service or deli counter random weight packages for consumers. The company is asking food service customers to notify consumers who may have purchased the product.

The following products are involved:

• Retail Portions: Mt. Vikos Manouri – Sheep & Goat’s Milk Cheese, Net Wt. 4 oz, UPC# 6-65291-00201-2, All Best Before dates
• Food Service: Mt. Vikos Manouri – Sheep & Goat’s Milk Cheese, Random Wt. logs (approximately 1 Kilogram), All Best By dates

Mt. Vikos Manouri Cheese was distributed nationwide to customers for the retail and food service markets. The company has notified its customers and has pulled the product from retail stores and the food service market. No illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this problem

The company determined, through independent laboratory testing, that one lot (Best Before: DEC-11-2010, Lot: 222418) of Mt. Vikos Manouri Cheese, 4 oz, which was distributed to the marketplace, was confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes. As precaution, the company is recalling all Best By Dates for both items currently in the marketplace. Mt. Vikos is working with the FDA to conduct this recall.

The FDA said that these products should be destroyed immediately. Consumers who have purchased Mt. Vikos brand Manouri cheese are urged to return it the place of purchase for a full refund. Customers or consumers with questions may contact the company at 781-834-0828 between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, Eastern time.

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