Listeria Recall:High Point Dairy of New York Cheese
High Point Dairy located in Fort Plain, New York, is facing a recall on their Monterey Jack Raw Milk Cheese Product due to a potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The recall is being led by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets after a routine testing of the cheese by the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on May 13, 2020, found traces of Listeria monocytogenes. Subsequently, the New York State Food Laboratory confirmed the Listeria contamination on May 20, 2020, and ordered the manufacturer to destroy all remaining Monterey Jack Raw Cheese product. The product was sold in quantities of a half pound, two pounds, and five pounds of cheese with label “High Point Dairy Monterey Jack aged 60 days” with a made date of 03/06/2020. While the recall is in effect for the Monterey Jack Raw Cheese with made date of 03/06/2020, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets warns consumers to not eat the cheese with any code date if purchased after May 12, 2020. The effected Monterey Jack Raw Cheese was sold by distributer Jesse Ehst throughout the Fort Plain and East Springfield area, as well as at Manor Farm, 5356 St Rt 167, Little Falls, NY 13365; Winfield Acres, 1325 State Route 170, Little Falls, NY 13365; and Brian Boll’s Roadside Stand at 5321 State Route 7 Hoosick Falls, NY 12090. While no illnesses have been reported as of date due to the product, consumers are urged to not eat the product and to dispose of it immediately. Any questions or comments on the outbreak can be directed towards Eli Ray King from High Point Dairy at (717) 951-9101.
According to the CDC, Listeria monocytogenes is the foodborne illness causing bacteria that causes the infection listeriosis. Listeriosis can be a severe infection for those with weakened immune systems, such as the elderly, children, those with autoimmune disorders, and pregnant women, who are at the upmost risk. In pregnant women, listeriosis often presents as flu-like symptoms, such as a fever, muscle aches, and fatigue. Pregnant women are 10 times more likely to be infected with listeriosis than anyone else and the infection often results in a severe infection in the fetus and even the loss of the fetus. In those that are not pregnant women, listeriosis symptoms include confusion, a stiff neck, loss of balance, fever, muscle aches, and a headache. Symptoms of listeriosis typically develop 1 to 4 weeks after consumption, though cases have presented symptoms as early as one day and as late as 70 days after exposure. If you believe you are suffering from listeriosis, contact your physician immediately for the best course of treatment.