Flat Creek Farm Recalls Cheese for Food Poisoning Risk

Flat Creek Farm Recalls Cheese for Food Poisoning RiskDecember 15, 2014 — For the second time in less than a year, Flat Creek Farm & Dairy has recalled cheese due to a possible food poisoning risk.

All but 1.5 pounds of cheese has been recovered and Flat Creek has destroyed all of its raw milk cheeses. The company is no longer producing raw milk cheese and is now gently pasteurizing their products.

Although no illnesses have been linked to either recall, both recalls were issued for Salmonella. The contamination was discovered during a routine sampling program conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

Product included in the recall included products ranging in sizes from 1/2 pound to whole wheels, including:

  • Aztec Cheddar: 140802XAZ and A140725XGO
  • Low Country Gouda: 140702XAZ

A similar recall was issued in December 2013 for 78 pounds of Aztec Cheddar and 90 pounds of Heavenly Blue Cheese (Lot 130916XHB).

In January 2014, the Aztec Cheddar recall was modified to include lot number 130823XCAZ, not 130823XAZ as previously reported.

Ingestion of cheese that is contaminated could lead to a serious bout of gastrointestinal illness, which might be deadly for children, the elderly, people with weakened immune systems, or pregnant women.

According to the FDA:

“In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.”

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