October 17, 2003
Ashe County Cheese Company Recalls Mexican Style
Quesco Fresco Cheese
Ashe County Cheese Company of West Jefferson, North Carolina, a division of
Newburg Corners Cheese, Inc., is voluntarily recalling 237 cases, (2133
lbs.), of Mexican style Quesco Fresco cheese because it may contain the
bacteria Listeria Monocytogenes; an organism that can cause serious and
sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, an
others with impaired immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer
only short term symptoms such as headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal
pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and
stillbirths among pregnant women.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
This product is packaged under the Margarita brand name in 12-ounce plastic
packages with the expiration date of November 6, 2003 and code number 37-77
stamped on the package.
According to the distributing agent, the product was distributed to
supermarkets in the Indianapolis and Detroit areas.
This voluntary recall is being initiated after results of a routine Food and
Drug Administration sampling of the product showed it may be contaminated.
The manufacture and distribution of this product by Ashe County Cheese
Company has been suspended pending a Company investigation to determine the
source of contamination.
Consumers who have this product should return it to the place of purchase
for a full refund.
Questions regarding this recall should be directed to the recall coordinator
of Ashe County Cheese Company telephone number: 800-445-1378.