Imported Manouri Cheese Voluntarily Recalled due to Potential Listeria Contamination

May 6, 2010

Mt. Vikos, Inc., Marshfield, MA 02050 is voluntarily recalling all size packages and all lot numbers of Mt. Vikos Brand Manouri - Sheep & Goat's Milk Cheese 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 headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The product being recalled is:

Mt. Vikos Manouri - Sheep & Goat's Milk Cheese, Net Wt. 4 oz, UPC# 6-65291-00201-2, All Best Before dates

Mt. Vikos Manouri cheese was distributed nationwide to customers for the retail and food service markets. The company has notified their customers and has pulled the product from retail stores and the food service market. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem

The company determined through independent laboratory testing that one lot (Best Before: DEC-11-2010, Lot: 222418) of Mt. Vikos Manouri cheese, 4 oz, which was distributed to the marketplace, has been confirmed positive for Listeria monocytogenes. However, as precaution the company is recalling all Best By Dates for both items that are currently in the marketplace. Mt. Vikos is working with the FDA to conduct this recall.

For more information please contact the company at 781-834-0828 or visit the FDA website.