Apple Tree Goat Cheese Advisory [US]

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US/Silver Spring: FDA Logo BlueThe US Food and Drug Administration issues a Consumer Advisory against eating certain Goat Cheese Products manufactured by Apple Tree Goat Dairy of Richfield, Penn. (“Apple Tree”), due to suspected Listeria monocytogenes contamination, a serious health hazard. FDA:

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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Goat Cheese are subject to this Advisory:

  • Apple Tree Goat Dairy branded pasteurized, 60-day aged, semi-soft and hard Goat Cheese. The Cheese products were sold in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC, through Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, West End Farmers Market in Alexandria, VA., Ambler PA Farmers Market and Doylestown PA Farmers Market.

==> No barcodes, UPCs, item numbers or other identification numbers were listed with this advisory notification.

According to the FDA, Apple Tree has previous recalled four (4) lots of Goat Cheese Products manufactured in March and July 2016 on September 20, 2016, after samples of these lots collected by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (“PDA”) tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Later in September, Apple Tree expanded its recall to include all of its Goat Cheeses, but FDA is not aware of any public notification to consumers announcing the expanded recall.

The FDA’s Advisory cites “concerns” about Apple Tree’s Goat Cheese based on a recent inspection of the Apple Tree manufacturing facility, which identified a potentially deadly pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, in the firm’s finished products and its production environment.

==> For information about Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning), please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure pets and small children can’t access the suspect food.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession any of the recalled Goat Cheese, please do not consume them directly nor use them as an ingredient in another dish or preparation. Instead, return the Cheese to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

If you have any questions about this recall, please contact Apple Tree Goat Dairy at 1-717-694-0146 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected Listeria monocytogenes contamination, please search for “Listeria” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications relating to contaminated Cheese, please search for “cheese” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

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