Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, WA, in cooperation with the WSDA is voluntarily recalling Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar produced on August 30, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Creamery agreed to recall the product after a sample taken by the WSDA returned with a positive result. Samples of the same batch have tested negative through an independent, state-approved lab that Creamery has submitted samples to. No illnesses have been reported to date. L. 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.

To date, no illnesses have been reported.

Approximately 124 pounds of the Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar were sold from March 1st of this year through June 7th of this year in pre-cut, random weight packages, ranging in size from 1/3 pound pieces to 1/2 pound pieces. The labels read in part: “Medium Cheddar – Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic”, “GOLDEN GLEN CREAMERY” and “Natural handcrafted cheese produced by the Jensen Ladies”, with the three-digit batch code that reads “887”. These products were sold at various local area farmers markets in Skagit, Snohomish and King County, as well as independent retailers in Washington State and Oregon.

The Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar, code 887, is being voluntarily recalled by Golden Glen Creamery, as a result of a single surveillance sample collected and analyzed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture that was found to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The company has ceased the distribution of the identified batch. The company conducts its own weekly environmental and product testing, and has had no positive results in the previous six months that it has implemented this protocol. The company uses an independent, state-approved lab for all testing.