Recalled on: 3 April 2023
The Somerset Cheese Company has recalled its Pennard Ridge Goats Cheese because of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a batch of the product.
This recall is England specific
Pack Size: 2kg wheel and any cut pieces
Batch Created: 03/10/2022
Best Before: 28 April 2023
Listeria infection is an illness caused by eating food contaminated by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria infection, also known as listeriosis is not common but can cause death in at-risk people such as the elderly and people with a compromised immune system. Hence, the presence of listeria should be considered fairly serious, and consumption of these products should be strictly avoided.
The symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea. In more severe cases of the infection, you may also may have a stiff neck, headache, confusion, or loss of balance.
Note that symptoms of listeriosis may appear as late as 2 months after you have eaten something contaminated with listeria, so you need to be aware of this.
Listeria may continue to infect products despite their continued and sufficient refrigeration. The listeria bacteria can grow even at cold temperatures. Even freezing does not kill the listeria.
The listeria bacteria are most commonly found in dairy products and in cold meats that have not been properly processed.
Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.
Usually, the symptoms of listeriosis subside on their own, in time, but in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis. As soon as any symptoms appear, it is advised to seek professional medical advice and for a doctor to prescribe a course of antibiotics.
Action taken by the company
Somerset Cheese Company is recalling the above product. Point of sale notices are being displayed where the product was sold. These notices explain to customers why the product is being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the product.
If you have bought the product
If you have bought the above product do not eat it. Instead, contact the Somerset Cheese Company for a full refund (with or without a receipt for the purchase). For further information contact the Somerset Cheese Company at 01749 860237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Somerset Cheese Company apologises for the inconvenience caused to consumers.