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Aug 10, 2000

Small Quantity of Goat Cheese Recalled in Virginia

Flint Hill, VA (SafetyAlerts) - Rucker Farm, a Virginia based cheese processor is voluntarily recalling all of its goat cheese sold on or after July 13, 2000, which includes soft and hard aged varieties, because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The goat cheese products being recalled were sold at retail to consumers at the farm itself, at the farmers market in The Plains, Virginia, and sold to restaurants.

Rucker Farm management stated "Because of the potential of foodborne illness, all customers who have purchased any goat cheese from Rucker Farm on or after July 13, 2000 should not eat it and should return it to Rucker Farm for a full refund. Consumers can recognize the cheese by the 'Tack House Kitchen' and 'Creamery, Rucker Farm' name."

Inspectors from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services discovered the possible contamination during a routine food inspection.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weak immune systems - infants, the frail or elderly, and persons with chronic disease, HIV infection, or those undergoing chemotherapy. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis.

Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately. The production of cheese has been suspended while the Department and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem. Rucker Farm management has stated they will not to resume sales of goat cheese products until laboratory testing is negative for Listeria monocytogenes, or other pathogens.

"We appreciate Rucker Farm's voluntary recall of these products," said Dr. Donald W. Butts, Director of the Division of Consumer Protection at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. "Rucker Farm, like us, believes that a safe and wholesome food supply is of paramount importance to every citizen."

Consumers with questions about food safety may contact Mr. John A. Beers, Program Supervisor, Office of Dairy and Foods, by calling 804.786.1453.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafeMail subscribers August 10, 2000.

 
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