Schratter Foods Inc., a New Jersey-based food distributor, is recalling “Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese” because the cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. According to the release from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, “…Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that 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 recalled Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese was distributed nationwide in retail stores, including the grocery store chain Publix.
The product comes in bulk (Round Half 8.5-9.6 lbs) and random weight wedge cuts (UPC 0813555010000 – label states “Imported by: ANCO Fine Cheese) and the affected lots are 019 through 034. Additionally, the affected lots may be identified by their expiration date of 6/15/2011 through 6/29/2011. The product could be cut at retail from the bulk or purchased and sold as pre-cut wedges.
While the FDA and Schratter Foods Inc. continue to investigate the source of the problem, the distribution of Quenby Hall Blue Stilton Cheese has been suspended. Consumers who have purchased the wedge cut package may return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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