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Recall -- Firm Press Release


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Estrella Family Creamery Expands Recall Of Various Cheeses Because Of Possible Health Risk


Company Contact: 
Kelli Estrella 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 17, 2010 – Estrella Family Creamery of Montesano, WA is recalling Brewleggio, Domino, and Wynoochee River Blue cheeses because they have 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.

The products were sold to restaurants and cheese shops in WA, OR, and NJ.

The Domino cheese is a one pound, natural rind wheel made from cow’s milk. The Brewleggio cheese is a soft washed rind cow’s milk wheel 8" wide by 2" tall, weighing approximately 3 pounds.  The Wynoochee River Blue Cheese is a 5 pound wheel with a rustic natural rind, blue veined.  The products are not coded.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall, which initially included Red Darla cheese, has now been expanded to include Domino Cheese that also tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.  Brewleggio and Wynoochee River Blue cheeses are also being included in the expanded recall because they were aged in the same room as the Domino cheese. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the products as the Washington State Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers can return any remaining product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Any questions can be answered by Kelli or Anthony at the Creamery, 360.249.6541, Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 8:00pm PST.



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