November 12, 2003
Mayville Cheese Plant Recalls Spread Cheeses
Old Fashioned Foods, Mayville, is voluntarily recalling snack cheese spreads
and spreadable cream cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes bacteria, officials at the Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced today.
No illness has been reported to date in connection with the products.
The products were distributed under the brand name Old Fashioned Cheese® to
retail stores throughout Wisconsin, in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota,
and in the Rockford, Ill., area. The various flavored snack cheese spreads
are in 8- ounce and 16-ounce plastic containers and code-dated 6X01 May 2005
and 6X02 May 2005. The flavored cream cheeses are in 8-ounce plastic
containers and code-dated 2 Nov 04. About 180 cases of the cheese spreads
and 45 cases of the cream cheese were distributed.
Consumers can return the products to the store where they bought them.
In healthy individuals, Listeria monocytogenes can cause short-term symptoms
including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and
diarrhea. The infection may be more serious or even fatal among young
children, frail or elderly people, or others with weakened immune systems.
Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant
The potential contamination was found by Old Fashioned Foods' own testing
program, which detected a positive result in one sample. The company has
ceased production and distribution of these products while they and the
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection continue to
investigate the cause of the problem.
Consumers may call 1-800-346-0154 for more information.