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Sprout Creek Farm Recalls 'Margie' Cheese for Listeria
New York Ag Connection - 11/08/2018

Sprout Creek Farm of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., is recalling 132 wheels of "Margie" cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled batch of Margie cheese, consisting of 132 wheels, was distributed to the following locations, which have all been notified of the recall and instructed to dispose of the cheese:

- Hudson Valley Harvest 750 Enterprise Dr, Kingston

- Mohonk Mountain House 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

- Olsen and Company 81 Partition St, Saugerties

- Gossetts Market 1202 Old Post Rd, South Salem

- Tannat Wine and Cheese 4736 Broadway, New York

- Sheep and Wool Fest Rhinebeck, Dutchess County Fair Grounds

- Adams Fairacre Farms 765 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie

- Stinky Brooklyn 215 Smith St, Brooklyn

- Ocean House Oyster Bar & Grill 49 N Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson

Margie cheese is a soft, white rind, cow's milk cheese. It is packaged with a green round label, wrapped in white milk paper in one pound wheels. The cheese being recalled can be identified with the lot number make date of 10-9-18 and best by dates of 12-9-18.

The recall was the result of a routine US Food and Drug Administration inspection of Sprout Creek Farm's cheese production facility. During the inspection samples were sent to a FDA Lab for testing and Listeria monocytogenes was found in the product.

Sprout Creek Farm is working with the FDA to determine the root cause of the problem.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

Any consumer with the product should dispose of it immediately.

For additional information regarding this recall, call Sister Margo Morris at Sprout Creek Farm (845) 485-8438 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.

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