Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner

Food Safety Alert

October 13, 2017

Jola Szubielski, Lisa Koumjian 518-457-0752

Consumer Alert: Listeria Contamination in Toma Celena Raw Milk Cheese

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball today warned consumers not to consume “TOMA CELENA” Raw Milk Alpine Table Cheese made by Cooperstown Cheese Company LLC,107 Oxbow Road, Milford, New York 13807 due to possible Listeria contamination. To date, no illnesses have been reported to the Department in connection with this product.

The product is packaged in various sizes in either a white butcher paper covered wheel or in vacuum sealed plastic, displaying the plant number 36-8524, with a code of 51017. The consumer alert affects all packages with this code. The manufacturer name presented on the package is Cooperstown Cheese Company.  This product was sold at locations in Delhi; Hudson; Ithaca; Menands; Oneonta; Ontario; Peekskill; Phoenicia; Roxbury; and Tannersville.

A routine sample of the cheese, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on October 3, 2017, was subsequently tested by the New York State Food Laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  On October 6, 2017, the manufacturer was notified of a preliminary positive test result and voluntarily recalled the product from all their customers.  Test results were confirmed on October 13, 2017.  The cheese will be destroyed by the manufacturer.

Listeria contaminated product may cause Listeriosis, a disease that usually causes mild flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals; however, in immune-compromised individuals, meningitis and blood poisoning can occur.  Pregnant women are also considered a high-risk group, as Listeriosis can also result in stillbirths.

Consumers with questions about the recalled product may contact Cooperstown Cheese Company LLC at (978) 257-4635.

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