February 18, 2016
Dustin Vande Hoef
515-281-3375 or 515-326-1616 (cell)
Maytag Dairy Farms in Newton, IA today announced a voluntary recall of lot number 150482 of Maytag Raw Milk Blue Cheese due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This follows the recall of lot number 150481 that was announced this past weekend.
Lot 150482 includes approximately 1100 pounds of cheese, some of which has been distributed to retail locations prior to the initial recall by Maytag Dairy Farms. No cheese has been distributed since the initial positive test for Listeria monocytogenes.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s Dairy Products Control Bureau discovered the possible contamination as part of the follow-up testing of cheese products from the facility. To date there have been no reported illnesses linked to the product.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to not consume them. Customers can call Maytag Dairy Farms at 800-247-2458 or 641-791-2010 to arrange for a refund and return of the product.
Department has been in contact with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding this situation. Listeria is a pathogen found in the environment. The very young, elderly, and those who are immunocompromised are especially susceptible if they eat product contaminated with listeria. More information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/listeria/.