Homestead Creamery of Wirtz, VA is recalling butter that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. At the time of the recall, no illnesses had been reported, according to the company, but consumers who have purchased this butter should not eat it as Listeria can cause serious illness and death.
The company discovered the problem during its routine testing process and temporarily suspended production while it cooperates with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services on an investigation.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, headache, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth. These symptoms can take as long as 70 days to develop but usually appear within two weeks of exposure.