July 29, 2016 — Chapel Hill Creamery is voluntarily recalling 14 types of cheese after more than 100 people were infected with Salmonella.
Health officials in North Carolina discovered the outbreak after noticing an unusual spike in cases of Salmonella. The same strain of Salmonella that caused the illnesses was also found in milk used to make cheese at Chapel Hill Creamery.
Health Department Director Dr. Colleen Bridger said there is “always a risk” when using raw unpasteurized milk to make cheese. She said the company has been proactive in the recall and “did not do anything wrong.”
Salmonella is a bacteria that often contaminates raw milk. From 2007-2012, there were 81 outbreaks of food poisoning linked to raw milk, resulting in 979 illnesses. Infections are not usually serious for healthy adults, but they can cause life-threatening complications.
Chapel Hill Creamery denied a “definitive link” between their cheese and the illnesses, but said there is enough evidence that it should not be eaten or used in food service.
The cheeses were sold in retail stores, farmer’s markets, and restaurants in recall North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. The recall involves all sizes, packages, and codes of the following products:
- Hot Farmers Cheese
- Dairyland Farmers Cheese
- Smoked Mozzarella
- Hickory Grove
- Carolina Moon
- Smoked Farmers Cheese
- New Moon
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