October 26, 2003
Noris Farms Recalls Organic Savory Cheddar
Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk
Noris Farms, Inc., of Scio, Oregon is recalling 24 packages of Organic
Savory Cheddar Cheese, because it has the potential to be contaminated with
Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which 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 organic savory cheddar cheese was distributed to Alberta Cooperative and
The Daily Grind retail stores in Portland, Oregon. The cheese is packaged in
clear plastic overwrap in approximate one pound packages and have expiration
dates of DEC 01 2003. There are no other production codes of Noris Organic
Savory Cheddar Cheese in commerce.
No illnesses have been reported due to consumption of the cheese. The recall
was the result of a routine sampling by the Oregon Department of Agriculture
that revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria.
Consumers who have purchased Noris Organic Savory Cheddar Cheese with an
expiration date of December 1, 2003 are urged to return it to the place of
purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company