Government seizes cheeses after listeria concerns

Dec 21, 2010

The government recently seized cheese from a farm in Washington state because of listeria worries.

Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen that may prove fatal, and the government recently seized chesses that may contain the bacterium.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, cheeses produced by the Montesano, Washington-based Estrella Family Creamery were taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service. The seizure was granted by a warrant issued by Judge Benjamin Settle.

"This advisory affects all lots of Estrella Family Creamery cheeses, including cheeses identified as soft, semi-soft, semi-hard and hard," the FDA said.

Listeria can prove fatal especially for young children, the elderly and those in poor health conditions. It can also cause stillbirths and miscarriages.

Those in good health affected by the condition may see symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

This is not the first time the creamery's cheese have faced problems. Earlier this year, Estrella recalled a number of its products because of listeria concerns.

Listeria is not the only food-borne illness consumers may have to deal with, which is why cooking things thoroughly is important. The chance these conditions could be fatal may also be a reason to purchase life insurance.

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