Cheese recall for possible Listeria

March 31, 2009

Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese, Reading, Mich., is expanding the recall of Asadero and Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheeses due to potential Listeria contamination. Products were distributed to the following states: Ill., Ind., Mich., Ga., Tenn., Ky., N.C., S.C., Ohio, Wis., N.J., Pa., Fla., and Ala. A routine sample of Asadero cheese, taken by an inspector from the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture’s Food and Dairy Division on February 23, 2009, was subsequently tested by the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture Laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea.

The recalled Asadero and Oaxaca cheese products were distributed to retails stores and delis in 10-lb balls, 16- and 12-oz plastic packages, sold under the name “Aguas Calientes.” Product was also sold in 6-lb blocks shrink-wrapped in clear plastic, under the name “El Jaliciense.” Packaging may also include a label with the name “Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC.” The recall encompasses all productions dates between August 1, 2008 (expiration date 10/29/2008) and February 27, 2009 (expiration date 5/10/2009). No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with the recalled products. Consumers and retailers are urged to return all unused recalled product to the manufacturer.

FDA release