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UPDATE: November 7, 2012: On October 24, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Tacoma granted summary judgment for the Government against the Estrella Family Creamery LLC of Monsanto, Wash., and its owners. In its order, the Court condemned the articles seized from the Estrella Family Creamery on October 21, 2010. The Court also issued an order of permanent injunction, which prevents the creamery and its owners from manufacturing or distributing cheese or other foods in interstate commerce unless and until they take corrective action to ensure that their products will not be adulterated. The Court’s order of permanent injunction also provides the government with authority to inspect the creamery as necessary to enforce the terms of the injunction.
UPDATE: On Oct. 21, 2010, the United States Marshals Service seized all cheeses, including in-process and finished products (labeled and unlabeled), held on the premises of the Estrella Family Creamery, pursuant to a warrant issued by Judge Benjamin H. Settle on Oct. 21, 2010. Judge Settle issued this warrant at the request of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington, which filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington alleging that cheese and other articles of food held at Estrella Family Creamery are adulterated under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act because they have been held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have become contaminated with filth or whereby they may have been rendered injurious to health.
DOJ Press Release (external link)
For Immediate Release: Sept. 4, 2010
- This advisory affects all lots of Estrella Family Creamery cheeses, including cheeses identified as soft, semi-soft, semi-hard and hard.
- The cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) and may cause serious illness.
- L. mono is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
- Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
- Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
- Consumers who have the cheeses should throw them away.
- Consumers with symptoms of Listeria should consult their health care professionals.
What is the Problem?
What Do Consumers Need To Do?
Consumers should discard the cheeses in the trash in a sealed container so that children and animals, such as wildlife, cannot access them.Consumers who are concerned about illness from L. mono should consult their healthcare professionals.
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FDA will continue its investigation, working with state and local officials, and will consider taking any further action that may be necessary.