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Sweetwater Valley Farms Inc., in conjunction with the FDA, is recalling its Southern Cheddar Jack Volunteer Special Cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable to Listeria. Symptoms of Listeriosis include, but are not limited to, fever, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Treatment typically involves antibiotics.

Southern Cheddar Jack Volunteer Special Cheese, Lot Number 539 was distributed in 7, 10, 15 ounce, and 5 pound blocks and through retail stores in Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, and Alabama. The product was also distributed to 48 contiguous states in gift baskets marketed by the firm’s website.

The cheese was distributed from September 19, 2006 to November 18, 2007. So far no illnesses have been reported to the company. The problem was discovered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture during a routine sampling. Sweetwater Valley Farms has stopped distributing this product while it investigates the cause of the contamination problem.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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