Cedar Tree brand cheese has been recalled over potential Listeria contamination. Listeria is a dangerous, sometimes deadly, food borne pathogen.
Kradjian Imp Co, of Glendale, California, following notification from its supplier of potential contamination, is now recalling 231 cases containing 22-pound/cs containers of Cedar Tree brand Tresse Cheese (16-ounce) and Shinglish cheese (16-ounce) over concerns the cheeses are potentially contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes pathogen.
The Tresse and Shinglish cheeses were distributed in Southern California, Northern California, Washington State, Minnesota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, and Michigan to mediterranean specialty markets.
The recalled Cedar Shinglish is a firm, unripened cheese that was delivered before November 13, 2011 and bears UPC 78546 10000; the recalled Cedar Tresse is a firm, unripened cheese that was delivered before November 13, 2011 and bears UPC 78546 01000.
The cheeses were manufactured and recalled by Fromagerie Marie Kade, in Quebec, Canada, were vacuum-packed, and bear the picture of a green cedar tree. A picture of the package can be accessed at http://www.fromageriemariekade.com/Produits.htm
The Listeria monocytogenes pathogen can lead to the listeriosis infection, which is potentially fatal and can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, abdominal cramps and pain, diarrhea, and nausea, especially in those with weakened immune systems, infants, and the elderly. Vulnerable populations, such as the developing fetus, can suffer serious central nervous system problems.
The infection can prompt premature births, or the death of the fetus via miscarriages and stillbirths. Pregnant women are 20 times likelier to become infected. Listeriosis can also lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and can lead to neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.
Consumers who have purchased Cedar brand Shinglish or Tresse cheese are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. The firm can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.825.2633 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.