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Swiss-American, Inc. Recalls Additional Sell-By Dates of Cut Cahill's Farm Porter Cheese (Vintage Irish Cheese With Porter) Because of Possible Health Risk

Contact:
Donna Baliva
800-325-8150

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- St. Louis, MO -- June 14, 2006 -- On May 18, 2006, Swiss-American, Inc. recalled cut pieces of Cahill's Farm Porter Cheese packaged in random-weight packages of 4.5-7 oz. 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 packages were labeled with sell-by dates of 6-16-06, 6-25-06, 7-02-06, 8-19-06, 9-02-06, 10-10-06.

Swiss-American, Inc. has discovered two additional sell-by dates should be included in the recall, which are 8-17-06 and 8-29-06. The cheese sold with these dates was sold in 3 retail stores in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area.

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.

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