November 15, 2002
The Rogue River Valley Creamery Has
Recalled "Oregon Blue Cheese" Due to Possible Health Risk
Central Point, OR (SafetyAlerts)
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said, The Rogue River Valley Creamery has recalled 150
pounds of their prepackaged "OREGON BLUE CHEESE." Product may also be
labeled as "Oregon BRAND BLUE VEIN CHEESE." The blue cheese is being
recalled because it may have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes, an organism that 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.
The recalled "OREGON BLUE CHEESE" was distributed out of The Rogue River
Valley Creamery's Central Point, OR retail store.
The product is sold as approximate 8 to 10 oz. wedges and approximate 1
pound wedges in clear shrink wrap plastic package marked with lot #71102 on
the side and with a packed on date of Oct 11, 02 stamped on the bar code
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the
presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a shrink wrapped package of OREGON
The production and packaging of the product has been suspended while FDA,
ODA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased any packages of OREGON BLUE CHEESE or Oregon
BRAND BLUE VEIN CHEESE with a pack date of Oct 11, 02 are urged to return
them to the Rogue River Valley Creamery store for a full refund. Consumers
with questions may contact the company at 1-541-665-1155.