Listeria Prompts Another Cheese Product Recall

Cheese logs and Cheese balls sold by Wisconsin Cheeseman, Inc. of Sun Prairie, WI have been recalled because they could be contaminated with <"">Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. This recall was initiated in conjunction with the voluntary recall issued Parkers Farm, Inc. on January 15, 2010.

Nine of the recalled Parkers Farm products are cheese logs/cheese balls purchased from Parkers Farm and then distributed by The Wisconsin Cheeseman. These products bear the Parkers Farm logo. None of the other recalled products at Parkers Farm, Inc. was purchased or distributed by The Wisconsin Cheeseman.

The Wisconsin Cheeseman products included in this recall are:

• Sausage ‘N Cheese Logs – Gift #11
• Cheese Logs & Cutting Board – Gift #87
• Smorgasbord – Gift #325
• Cheese Log Trio – Gift #365
• Cheese Logs – Gift #411
• Cheese Ball Trio – Gift #441
• Cheese Logs – Gift #509
• Snacker Pack – Gift #751
• Cheese Balls & Sausages – Gift #876

Listeriosis is dangerous and can often be deadly, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection.

Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of all Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy. Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

Listeria monocytogenes infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500.

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