The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is warning consumers that Monterey Jack raw milk cheese from High Point Dairy may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumers who have purchased this product should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. At the time the warning was issued on May 21, 2020, no illnesses had been reported.
The recalled cheese was sold in three sizes at three locations and through a distributor. The half-pound, two-pound, and five-pound sizes of cheese were packaged in vacuum-sealed clear plastic marked with “High Point Dairy Monterey Jack aged 60 days with a make date of 03-06-2020.” But any code date after May 12, 2020 should not be consumed.
The cheese was sold through direct distribution to consumers in the Fort Plain and East Springfield area by distributor Jesse Ehst. And at the following locations:
Manor Farm, at 5356 State Route 167, Little Falls
Winfield Acres, at 1325 State Route 170, Little Falls
Brian Boll’s Roadside Stand, at 5321 State Route 7, in Hoosick Falls
The problem was discovered through routine sampling by the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection can take as long as 70 days to develop and include high fever, cough, body aches, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.