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Recall of Maytag Blue Cheese Products Sold in Georgia Due to Potential Health Risk

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Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
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Atlanta, GA 30334
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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Recall of Maytag Blue Cheese Products Sold in Georgia Due to Potential Health Risk

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Maytag Blue Cheese products distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is the information via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

Maytag Dairy Farms is recalling “Maytag Blue” blue cheese wedges, wheels and crumbles because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms (high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea), but the infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. To date, no illnesses have been reported.

This recall includes certain lots of 1-, 4- and 8-ounce wedges and 2- and 4-pound wheels; and 8-ounce crumbles and 5-pound crumbles. The recalled product was sold through distributors, wholesalers, retail stores, restaurants and direct mail orders nationwide between Nov. 24 and Feb. 11. Whole Foods Market has concurrently issued a recall notice for its stores related to this recall: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm488391.htm.

Affected products are packaged as follows; each lot or batch number appears on the side or the bottom of the product:

Products

Lot #s

Wedges or wheels (all sizes)

150479, 150480, 150481, 150482, 150483, 150484, 150485, 150486, 150488, 150489, 150492, 150493, 150495, 150498, 150499, 150500, 150501, 150506, 150508, 150509, 150514, 150515, 150516, 150517, 150518, 150532, 150533, 150534, 150535, 150538, 150539, 150648, 150649, 150650, 150651

Product

Batch #s

Crumbles (both sizes)

950804, 960020, 950805, 960037, 950806, 960040, 950807, 960041, 950808, 960049, 950809, 960054, 950813, 960069, 950818, 960070, 950825, 960071, 960072, 950830, 960073, 950848, 950826, 950849, 960053, 950851, 960067, 950853, 960068, 950855, 950856, 950858, 950859, 960001, 960002, 960004, 960025, 960034, 960036, 960051, 960055, 960065, 960066

The potential for contamination was discovered after testing in Iowa revealed the presence of Listeria in two lots of product. Maytag Dairy Farms has voluntarily suspended production and distribution while working with FDA and State of Iowa to determine the cause of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected products are urged to discard them immediately and not consume them. Contact Maytag Dairy Farms at 800-247-2458 or 641-791-2010, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST, to arrange for a refund and return of the product.

This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list or sign up for e-mail alerts, please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.

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