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March 27, 2000

Salemville 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, 2000.

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