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May 30, 2001

Wheel and Wedge-Shaped Sonoma Cheddar and Jack Cheese Recalled

Sonoma, 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 Listeria monocytogenes.

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 service sizes.

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 nationally.

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.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers May 30, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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