July 29, 2016 — Chapel Hill Creamery has issued a recall for cheese after an outbreak of Salmonella sickened around 100 people.
Local health department officials noticed an unusual cluster of Salmonella cases and found a matching strain in milk that the creamery used to make cheese.
Health department director Dr. Colleen Bridger said the company “did not to anything wrong,” and “there is always a risk” when using raw unpasteurized milk to make cheese.
The cheeses were distributed at retail stores, farmer’s markets, and restaurants throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia.
The voluntary recall includes all codes, packages, and sizes of the following varieties of cheese:
- Hot Farmers Cheese
- Dairyland Farmers Cheese
- Smoked Mozzarella
- Hickory Grove
- Carolina Moon
- Smoked Farmers Cheese
- New Moon
Chapel Hill Creamery said there is “not yet a definitive link” between the cheese and the illnesses, but there is enough evidence that consumers should not eat the cheese or use it in food service.
Most people infected with Salmonella experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Healthy adults usually recover within a 4-7 days without medical treatment. In some cases, diarrhea is so severe that the patient must be hospitalized.
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