July 31, 2003
Capricious Cheese Co. Recalls Cheese
Because of Possible Health Risk
Capricious Cheese Co. of Eureka, CA is recalling 19 wheels of Capricious
Washed Curd Cheese because it has 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.
Eleven wheels of Capricious Cheese were distributed in California, in retail
stores in the San Francisco Bay area and, during June, in Farmer's Markets
in San Francisco, Davis, and Arcata.
Capricious Washed Curd Cheese comes in 7-8 pound wheels. There is an
identifying green stamp of 01/28/03 on the side and bottom of the cheese.
However, since these wheels were sold in slices, there are no identifying
There have been NO REPORTS of illness to date.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling by the FDA. One of two
cheeses from the 1/28/02 batch was found to be contaminated by the bacteria.
The other was negative. It is believed the contamination was on the rind.
The company has ceased distribution while they, the FDA, and the CA Dept. of
Food & Agriculture continue their investigation as to what caused the
Consumers who purchased Capricious Cheese during the month of June are urged
to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with
questions may contact the owner, Ginger Olsen at (707) 442-3209.