Paris Creek recalls Listeria contaminated cheese

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 21st October 2010

Cheese and dairy manufacturer B.-d. Farm Paris Creek is conducting a recall of its Paris Creek Tilsit, Cheddar, Gouda and Norwegino cheeses due to microbial contamination with the food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.

The South Australian manufacturer is recalling cheeses with use-by dates from 18/10/10, up to and including 26/01/11, in 200g prepackaged sizes from major supermarkets, and all wheel sizes from delicatessens and restaurants. The recall applies to cheeses Australia-wide, and to products exported to Singapore and Fiji. The recall does not apply to any other B.-d. Farm Paris Creek products.

Listeria monocytogenes is normally killed by pasteurization in milk, but can be reintroduced between pasteurization and packaging. The bacterium can cause listeriosis, with young children, the elderly and people with low immune systems affected most. Pregnant women are also extremely susceptible to listeriosis, and the infection can cause complications and problems for unborn children Any customer concerned about their health should seek medical advice.