May 30, 2001Wheel and Wedge-Shaped Sonoma
Cheddar and Jack Cheese Recalled
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Sonoma Foods
Inc. is voluntarily recalling all lots of wheels and wedges of Sonoma Cheddar and
Sonoma Jack cheeses. All flavors of the product described above are affected.
The voluntary recall is being conducted because the product may be contaminated with
This voluntary recall does not include Sonoma Jack and Sonoma Cheddar cheeses in any other
consumer shapes or forms (slices, block-cut, shreds and portions) and any other food
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall is a result of a product testing which revealed the finished product might
contain the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can cause serious and sometimes
fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened
immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as
high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria
infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Consumers who have purchased Sonoma Cheddar and Sonoma Jack wheels and wedges are urged to
return the product to the place of purchase or call the above number for a full refund.
Retailers who have received Sonoma Cheddar and Sonoma Jack wheels and wedges are asked to
remove them from sale and contact the phone number below.
The products have been distributed primarily in California with limited distribution
Sonoma Foods, Inc. has temporarily ceased production in the plant in Sonoma and moved the
production and packaging operations to allied facilities.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-367-1947.
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