The Bow, Washington-based Golden Glen Creamery has voluntarily recalled one of their food products due to a potential contamination.
The product in question, Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar, may possibly have been infected with Listeria monocytogenes. This possible contamination was discovered by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The organization was able to sample and analyze the product, and upon doing so, they were able to identify the risk to consumer health. The organism can be lethal in young or elderly people, as well as in those whose immune systems have been weakened. It may produce intestinal distress in healthy individuals and can also increase the risk of a miscarriage in women who are pregnant.
Consumers who bought the product should be on the lookout for a batch code of 887, which can be found on the label along with a statement that reads “Natural handcrafted cheese produced by the Jensen Ladies.” These items were sold between March 1 and June 7 at farmers markets in the Washington area, specifically those in King, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties. Oregon and Washington independent retailers also sold the product, which came in 1/3 pound to 1/2 pound pieces. 124 pounds in total are affected by the recall.
Consumers are being asked to return the item to the place of purchase. They will receive full refunds upon doing so.