Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is alerting Georgians to another Sweetwater Valley Farms cheese recall.
Sweetwater Valley Farms, Inc. of Philadelphia, Tenn., is recalling its Tennessee Aged Southern Mild Cheddar Cheese (yellow) and Tennessee Aged Southern Sharp Cheddar Cheese (yellow) because the cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, 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.
TENNESSEE AGED SOUTHERN SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE (yellow) and TENNESSEE AGED SOUTHERN MILD CHEDDAR CHEESE (yellow), Lot Number 604, were distributed in 7, 10, and 15 ounce bars to retail stores in Tennessee and Georgia. These products also were distributed to 48 contiguous states in gift baskets marketed by the firm's Web site between Oct. 18 and Nov. 26.
Consumers who have purchased lot number 604 of these products are urged to discard it or ship it back to the company for a full refund.
Contact the company's consumer affairs department at 1-877-862-4332 for further information.