Karoun Dairies, Inc. has recently announced a voluntary recall for a wide variety of its cheeses as the said products may possibly be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This move comes after the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said there is an ongoing multi-state listeria outbreak that has already led to 24 infection cases and has already resulted in one death in Ohio.
The various cheeses subject to recall include Ackawi, California, Cotija, Farmers Goat Fresh, Fresco, Fresh Cheese/Panela, Feta, Goat Milk Feta, Mozzarella, Paneer, Queso Blanco, String Cheese, Ani, Nabulsi and Yanni Grilling. Moreover, the “Use by Dates up to” of the affected cheese products vary from “11/8/2015” to “11/29/2016.” Furthermore, Karoun Dairies says the recall is limited to certain UPC codes, which can be readily found on each package.
Karoun Dairies says that none of their products have, so far, tested positive for listeria, but they have initiated the recall “in the interest of protecting public health.” However, the CDC reports that out of the 22 infected people with available information, 18 have said they have consumed soft cheeses before falling ill. In addition, four of seven people who have become ill mentioned a brand of cheese that is distributed by Karoun Dairies. These were Karoun, Arz, Gopi, Queso Del Valle, Central Valley Creamery and Yanni. Moreover, there were no other cheese brands mentioned more than once during the interview.
Karoun Dairies says the affected cheese products were distributed to supermarkets, retail outlets and food service accounts throughout the U.S. So far, states with confirmed cases of listeria include California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Washington, Tennessee and Ohio.