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Grassfields Cheese LLC Recalls 20,000 Pounds of Cheeses

Food Recall

Grassfields Cheese, LLC has recalled 20,000 pounds of organic cheeses because of possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, which is a bacteria that can cause serious illness in humans. E. coli symptoms vary, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting

Cheese Recall Linked to Seven Cases of E. Coli

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the potential for contamination was identified during an ongoing investigation of seven cases of human illnesses occurring between March 2016 and July 2016 caused by the same type of E. coli.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Geagley Laboratory found the presence of E. coli bacteria in a sample of Grassfields cheese collected by MDARD food and dairy inspectors.

Manufacturing and distribution stopped August 1, 2016 until corrections to prevent reoccurrence can be made.

The recalled cheeses were sold from the firm’s retail store located at 14238 60th Ave., Coopersville MI 49404, to wholesale and retail customers, and to consumers nationwide via sales through the website https://www.Grassfieldsscheese.com

Description of The Organic Cheese Product

Information below provided by U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

  • The recalled cheeses were sold under the Grassfields brand name and include the following varieties: Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Chili Cheese, Fait Fras, Polkton Corners, and Crofters.
  • The cheeses were sold as 12 pound wheels, six-pound half wheels, and wedges of various sizes ranging from less than 12 pounds to 1/3 pound.
  • Wheels and half wheels are packaged in cheese paper, and wedges are sold in clear plastic cryovac.
  • Affected product can be identified by the date printed immediately below the Grassfields name. This date is the manufacturing date, and any dates before August 1, 2016 are included in the recall.
  • Consumers who have purchased any of these recalled products should not consume them and should return them to the place of purchase.

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