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Recall & Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers

This outbreak investigation is over. However, people could continue to get sick because recalled cheeses may still be in homes, restaurants, or retail locations. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers unaware of the recall could eat, serve, or sell them. Read the Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers.


Montague of images showing various Karoun soft cheese products

Photos of the recalled cheeses are available.

Recall

On September 16, 2015, Karoun Dairies, Inc. voluntarily recalled [PDF - 2 pages] and ceased production of certain cheeses that the company distributes due to possible contamination with Listeria. The recall includes several brands and types of cheeses that were distributed to retail outlets in the United States. Products were sold under the following brands: Karoun, Arz, Gopi, Queso Del Valle, Central Valley Creamery, and Yanni. Products are vacuum packed, in jars or in pails. Weights vary from 5 ounces to 30 pounds.

Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers

Consumers should not eat, restaurants should not serve, and retailers should not sell recalled cheeses [PDF - 2 pages].

  • Products were sold under the following brands: Karoun, Arz, Gopi, Queso Del Valle, Central Valley Creamery, and Yanni.
  • Products are vacuum packed, in jars or in pails. Weights vary from 5 ounces to 30 pounds.
  • This advice is particularly important for consumers at higher risk for listeriosis, including pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems.
Item Name UPC Codes Use by Dates
Ackawi

7 96252 00123 9
7 96252 01123 8
7 96252 00325 7
7 96252 02223 4
7 96252 03223 3

1/6/2016
California 7 96252 90030 3 1/5/2016
Cotija

7 96252 80037 5
7 96252 80036 8
7 96252 80032 0

2/29/2016
Farmers Goat Fresh 7 96252 50016 9 11/26/2015
Fresco 7 96252 80083 2
7 96252 80081 8
11/8/2015
Fresh Cheese/Panela

7 96252 03226 4
7 96252 03227 1
7 96252 00227 4
7 96252 00226 7
7 96252 00228 1
7 96252 00122 2
7 96252 00126 0
7 96252 60001 2
7 96252 80074 0
7 96252 22003 6
7 96252 80070 2
7 96252 00127 7

12/31/2015
Feta

7 96252 22004 3
7 96252 22006 7
7 96252 22007 4
7 96252 22005 0
7 96252 22022 7
7 96252 22002 9
7 96252 11003 0
7 96252 40003 2
7 96252 11024 5
7 96252 11025 2
7 96252 22012 8
7 96252 40025 4
7 96252 12034 2

3/7/2016
Goat Milk Feta 7 96252 50001 5 3/2/2016
Mozzarella

7 96252 70012 5
7 96252 70013 2
7 96252 12014 5
7 96252 12015 2

1/2/2016
Paneer

7 96252 70008 8
7 96252 70014 9
7 96252 70019 4
7 96252 70018 7

1/7/2016
Queso Blanco

7 96252 80004 7
7 96252 80005 4
7 96252 80043 6

 
String Cheese

7 96252 00019 5
7 96252 00020 1
7 96252 00035 5
7 96252 00015 7
7 96252 00025 6
7 96252 00041 6
7 96252 00042 3
7 96252 00040 9
7 96252 00005 8
7 96252 00008 9
7 96252 00038 6
7 96252 00028 7
7 96252 00018 8
7 96252 00013 3
7 96252 00017 1
7 96252 00016 4
7 96252 00039 3
7 96252 00022 5

3/16/2016
Ani

7 96252 01125 2
7 96252 00323 3

1/5/2016
Nabulsi

7 96252 03225 7
7 96252 00225 0
7 96252 00223 6
7 96252 00125 3

12/29/2016
Yanni Grilling

7 96252 90024 2
7 96252 90029 7

12/23/2015

Follow these steps if recalled cheeses are in your home or establishment:

  • Throw the cheese away in a closed plastic bag placed in a sealed trash can. This will prevent people and animals from eating it.
  • Wash the refrigerator drawer and other areas where the cheeses were stored with hot water and soap.
  • Wash cutting boards, surfaces, and utensils used to cut, serve, or store cheeses. If possible, use a dishwasher; otherwise, use hot water and soap, followed by sanitizing with a solution of one tablespoon chlorine bleach added to one gallon of hot water.
  • Wash your hands with warm water and soap after cleaning up.

What should I do if I ate recalled cheeses?

  • If you have eaten a recalled cheese and do not have any symptoms, most experts believe that tests or treatment is not needed, even for persons at higher risk for listeriosis.
  • People who develop symptoms of listeriosis after eating recalled products can consider seeking medical care and telling a health care provider about eating product that was recalled because of possible Listeria contamination. Although people can sometimes develop listeriosis up to 2 months after eating contaminated food, symptoms usually start within several days. Read more on the Information for Health Professionals page.

Who is most at risk for listeriosis?

People at higher risk for listeriosis include:

  • Pregnant women and their newborns,
  • Adults 65 and older, and
  • People with weakened immune systems.
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