March 27, 2000Salemville Amish Gorgonzola and
Blue Cheeses Recalled for E. coli Bacteria
Cambria, WI (SafetyAlerts) - Salemville Amish Cheese has recalled two
varieties of cheese wedges and crumbles after Indiana Dairy officials found it to be
contaminated with unusually high levels of E. coli bacteria.
The recalled cheeses are Gorgonzola and Blue
Cheeses with sell-by dates between March 1 and July 30. Both products were sold in
wedges of various sizes as well as crumbled cheese in 4 ounce plastic containers and 5
pound bulk bags.
Indiana Dairy Officials did not know the exact
distribution but believed it was sold throughout the Midwest and potentially into the
Western United States. The company would not release the distribution and would only
comment that all their customers have been notified.
"No illnesses or complaints have been
reported to us," George Jones of the Indiana Department of Dairy stated
"Although the strain of E. coli detected in the cheese is not the well known E. coli
0157: H7 strain, there is still the potential for illness."
E. coli infection often causes severe bloody
diarrhea and abdominal cramps; sometimes the infection causes nonbloody diarrhea or no
symptoms. Usually little or no fever is present.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers March 27,
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