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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Batch of organic Irish cheddar recalled due to possible presence of harmful bacteria

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

The Little Milk Company is recalling a batch of its Organic Irish Cheddar cheese due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes, the Food Safety Authority (FSAI) has said.

It says the batch was sold in different forms with different best before dates. The FSAI has said point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores which sold the implicated batch.

The product was produced by Irish Organic Milk Producers Ltd (IOMP) which trade as The Little Milk Company. It was  established in March 2008 and act as the product development and marketing body for 10 organic milk producers located throughout Ireland.

Collectively, the company says their total milk pool is 3m litres per annum (the total organic liquid milk market is estimated at 5m litres including imports from Northern Ireland).

The Little Milk Company produces premium cheddars and soft cheeses.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium which can be found everywhere in the environment, but the FSAI says the bacterium is of major concern because of, its ubiquitous nature, its ability to survive and grow at low temperatures, i.e. typical refrigeration temperature, the severity of the disease and its high case fatality rate.

Earlier this month Greencore was forced to recall batches of sandwiches in the US after listeria was found during sampling.

A spokesperson for Greencore told at teh time that no products have found to be contaminated, it is purely a precautionary measure.

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Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

If healthy individuals are affected by the infection, they may suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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