Michigan Dairy Recalls Cheese For Possible Listeria

Green Cedar Dairy of Dearborn, Michigan, is recalling its All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural Chives Cheese for possible Listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recalled All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural Chives Cheese have sell by dates up to July 1, 2012 and were distributed to bakeries and retail stores in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. The sell by date is marked on a label on the back of the package.

The recalled cheeses are labeled as Green Cedar Dairy (Plant # 26941) products, All Natural Ackawi and All Natural Chives Cheese. The product is sold in vacuum sealed clear square packages of about 12-14 ounces.

The Michigan Department of Community Health and the Wayne County Public Health Department are investigating two cases of human listeriosis—the disease caused by the dangerous and sometimes deadly Listeria pathogen. The two listeriosis cases may involve exposure to Green Cedar Dairy products. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Laboratory identified Listeria monocytogenes in samples of All Natural Chives Cheese collected from Green Cedar Dairy.

Consumers are urged to stop consuming the recalled All Natural Ackawi Cheese and All Natural Chives Cheese and return all recalled cheese to the store of purchase. Green Cedar Dairy is also requesting that all retail stores cease selling these cheeses immediately, and that restaurants cease serving them.

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.

The firm said it can be reached through Wessam Harb at 1.313.584.4499, Monday through Friday, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time.

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