FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–Lebanon , TN–November 21, 2007 — Le Gourmet Connection of Lebanon, TN is recalling Jack Cheese, lot number 539, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Le Gourmet Connection (does not appear to have a website but a listing for them can be found here) is a Lebanon, TN based wholesaler of gourmet meats, cheeses, sauces, desserts and snack foods.
Jack Cheese Lot Number 539 was distributed in 10-ounce blocks and through Jungle Jim’s, Fairfield, Ohio.
This product was distributed between August 28, 2007 and November 19, 2007.
No illnesses have been reported.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture which revealed that the finished product contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the distribution of this lot as the company continues their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased this product are urged to discard it and to contact the company at (615) 444-3500 for a full refund.
Here’s the press release.