Golden Glen Creamery Issues Voluntary Recall of Raw Cheddar Because of Possible Listeria Contamination

November 9, 2011

Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, WA is voluntarily recalling Raw Cheddar 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.

The products being recalled are:

UPC Code Product Description Lot Code
23520300000 Golden Glenn Creamery Raw Cheddar 864

Approximately twenty (20) pounds of the Raw Cheddar was distributed through a very few, select retail stores in Washington State, as well as at Golden Glen’s on-farm store between September 22 and November 5 of this year. The product is vacuum packaged in clear plastic with a stick on label. The label reads in part: “Raw Cheddar,” “GOLDEN GLEN CREAMERY”and“Natural handcrafted cheese produced by the Jensen ladies.” The back of the product has a white sticker with the three-digit code “864.”

The Raw Cheddar is being voluntarily recalled by Golden Glen Creamery, and was a result of a surveillance sample collected and analyzed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture that was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA, the Washington State Department of Agriculture and the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.

To date, no illnesses have been reported.

For more information, consumers can call Golden Glen Creamery at 360-766-6455 or visit the FDA website.