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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 price sticker.

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 BLUE CHEESE.

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.


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