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Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company Issues Voluntary Recall of
“Edelweiss Creamery Premium Fondue Blend” Because of Possible Health Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 31, 2011 – Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company is voluntarily recalling “Edelweiss Creamery Premium Fondue Blend” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, 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.
No illnesses have been reported.
Approximately 492 lbs of the recalled Edelweiss Creamery Premium Fondue Blend was distributed to:
- Horrock’s in Lansing, MI (7420 W. Saginaw Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917)
- Metcalfe’s Markets in Wisconsin
- Maple Leaf Cheese Outlet in Juda, Wisconsin
- Gempeler’s Supermarket in Monticello, Wisconsin
- Sprouts Farmers Market in Chula Vista, California (Only the location at 690 3rd Ave, Chula Vista, CA, 91910)
- Sunflower Farmers Markets in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, and California
between November 1, 2011 and December 30, 2011. The Fondue Blend packages were packed in 16oz packages with the red and blue label “Edelweiss Creamery Premium Fondue Blend”. The packaging lists the UPC code 758590116914 and the identifier code 290A11, both of which are located on the back of the package.
Alpine Slicing & Cheese Conversion Company discovered the issue during testing of its products by an independent laboratory. Laboratory testing has confirmed that certain products processed on the shred line contained Listeria monocytogenes. Therefore, other products produced on the same line, even if they have been tested and found to be negative, have the potential to be contaminated.
Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company has contacted the FDA and issued the recall to retail grocery stores and distributors in all of the affected states. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation into matter. All remaining inventory has been quarantined.
Consumers are urged to stop consuming the recalled product and return all recalled products to the store of purchase. Consumers with questions may contact Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company at 608-934-5707, from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CST, Monday through Friday, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.