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Swiss-American, Inc. Recalls Cut Cahill's Farm Porter Cheese (Vintage Irish Cheese with Porter) Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- St. Louis, MO -- May 18, 2006 -- Swiss-American, Inc. of St. Louis, MO is recalling cut pieces of Cut Cahill's Farm Porter Cheese, because Listeria monocytogenes was discovered in sampled product. Listeria monocytogenes is 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 cut items come in random weight packages of between 7 oz. and 10 oz. with the sell-by dates of 6-16-06, 6-25-06, 7-02-06, 8-19-06, 9-02-06, and 10-10-06.
Cut Cahill's Farm Porter Cheese was distributed primarily through retail grocery stores in Missouri and Illinois. Product was also distributed to two stores in Louisiana and Tennessee. All product from Louisiana has been recovered.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
Swiss-American was informed that Listeria monocytogenes was found in the imported bulk product as part of routine testing procedures. Swiss-American voluntarily recalled product from stores with the above listed sell-by dates immediately as well as ceased shipping this product to stores.
Consumers who have purchased Cut Cahill's Farm Porter Cheese with above sell-by dates are urged to return same to place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Swiss-American, Inc. at 1-800-325-8150.