New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball warns consumers not to eat The Maiden’s Creamery “Wild Meadow” raw goat milk cheese produced in South New Berlin because of possible Listeria contamination.
Thus far, no illnesses have been reported in connection with the goat cheese produced by Mark Harvey, 1277 Copes Corner Road.The product is sold in various forms of coated elastic plastic packaging, displaying the plant number 36-1315, with a code of 101.
The nation’s consumer warning impacts all packages on this code. The goat cheese was sold in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market in Cooperstown, NY, in late December 2017 and ancient January 2018, and in the Sunflower Natural Foods Market starting on Jan. 10.
A routine sample of This cheese Obtained by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on Feb. 20 was Analyzed by the New York State Food Laboratory and Found to be Infected with Listeria monocytogenes. On Feb. 23, the manufacturer was notified of a preliminary positive test result and voluntarily recalled the product.
Test results were confirmed March 2, along with the cheese is going to be ruined by the manufacturer.
Anyone who has eaten some of the cheese and developed symptoms of Listeria disease should immediately contact their doctors and inform them of the possible exposure. It can take up to 70 days following exposure for symptoms to grow, so people who’ve eaten the unpasteurized cheese should monitor themselves for symptoms.
Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. In high-risk groups that the pathogen can result in significant infections resulting in complications such as meningitis, blood poisoning and death. High risk groups include pregnant women, teens, children younger than 5, adults older than 65 and anyone with impaired immune systems, including cancer patients, diabetics and HIV/AIDS patients. Additionally, it may cause stillbirths.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a standing warning regarding the risks of contracting infections, viruses and parasites from raw milk and raw milk products such as cheese. Its information especially affirms the finding that children younger than 5 are a high-risk group because their immune systems aren’t fully developed.
Consumers with questions about the recalled goat milk cheese may call Mark Harvey in 607-859-2227.