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Agriculture Department Warns Consumers To Discard “Hilltop Meadow Farm” Brand Contaminated ‘60 Day Aged Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese’

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Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Cheese/Cheese Product
Foodborne Illness
Reason for Announcement:
Recall Reason Description
Presence of Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Hilltop Meadow Farm
Brand Name:
Brand Name(s)
Hilltop Meadow Farm
Product Description:
Product Description
Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese

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11/22/2023

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture warns that consumers should discard "Hilltop Meadow Farm" brand '60 Day Aged Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese' with sell by dates of 9/21/2023 or earlier. Testing of this cheese confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese from Hilltop Meadow Farm, 153 martin Road, Pine Grove, Schuylkill County, is being voluntarily recalled by the farm, and was sold in ½ lb, 1 lb, 2.5 lb, and 5 lb sizes at their on-farm store and at the following locations:

Meadow Run Farms, 727 Rettew Mill Road, Littitz, Lancaster County
Shady Acres Farm Market, 8514 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, Lancaster County
Willow Haven Farm, 7686 Herber Road, New Tripoli, Leigh County
Healthy Habits Natural Market, 1120 Center Turnpike, Orwigsburg, Schuylkill County
Little Leaf Natural Products, 505 S Main Street, Montrose, Susquehanna County
Whole Earth Center, 360 Nassau St, Princeton, New Jersey
Healthy Way, 396 S Main St, Massena, New York
Northstar Bison Store, 225 Birch Avenue, Cameron, Wisconsin

The tainted Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese is labeled with the Hilltop Meadow Farm label and designations "From A2/A2 Milk" and "Made from 100% Grassfed Cow's Milk" product descriptions.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an illness which has symptoms including fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. Listeriosis mainly affects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with impaired immune systems. Listeriosis in pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn, or stillbirth.

No reported illnesses have been attributed to the product, but people who consumed the Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese should consult their physicians if they become ill.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's food safety inspection services help to ensure that food sold in Pennsylvania is safe. For more information about food safety in Pennsylvania, visit agriculture.pa.gov.

 
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