Cheese Sold in Georgia Is Being Recalled

PHILADELPHIA, Tenn. (AP) _ A Tennessee company is recalling
cheese sold in seven states, including Georgia, and distributed
nationwide in gift baskets that could be contaminated with dangerous
bacteria. No illnesses have been reported.

Sweetwater Valley Farms Incorporated said its Southern Cheddar
Jack Volunteer Special Cheese was distributed in 7-, 10-, 15-ounce
and 5-pound blocks sold in retail stores in Tennessee, North
Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and Alabama.

The cheese from lot number 539 was distributed between September
19th and November 18th. It was also potentially distributed across
the continental U.S. in gift baskets sold on the company's Web

Another Tennessee-based wholesaler, Le Gourmet Connection, said
it sold 10-ounce blocks of the cheese through Jungle Jim's
International Market in Fairfield, Ohio, between August 28th and
November 19th.

Sweetwater Valley Farms said the product could be contaminated
with Listeria monocytongenes, a bacteria that can cause serious,
sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and those
with weakened immune systems. Short-term symptoms in healthier
people include high fever, severe headaches, nausea, abdominal pain
and diarrhea.

The contamination was discovered in a routine sampling by the
Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The company said in a news
release that is investigating how the contamination happened.

Customers are urged to discard the product or return it for a
full refund. They can call (877) 862-4332 for more information.

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