Knoxville (WVLT) – A dairy farm in East Tennessee is recalling a version of its cheddar cheese after it tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, Sweetwater Valley Farms Inc., of Philadelphia will recall its Southern Cheddar Jack Volunteer Special Cheese that was distributed to 48 states between September 19th 2006 and November 18th, 2007.
The cheese is part of Lot Number 539 and was distributed in 7, 10 and 15 ounce blacks and five pound blocks as well as in gift sets.
The recall came about after a routine testing program by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture revealed that their sample contained the bacteria.
No illnesses have been reported, but when something it contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, it can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weak immune systems.
Health people may only suffer from short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal and diarrhea.
If you have purchased the recalled cheese, you should throw it away or ship it back to the company for a full refund.
You can contact Sweetwater Valley Farms consumer affairs department at 1-877-862-4332 or go to the Hot Key and click on the link to their Website.