Georgians are urged to check their refrigerators for Maytag Blue cheese products that are being recalled due to a potential health risk.
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has ordered inspectors to check stores and warehouses for cheese wedges, wheels and crumbles after testing in Iowa revealed the presence of listeria monocytogenes in two lots of product.
As the FDA and Iowa inspectors determine the cause of the contamination, Maytag Dairy Farms voluntarily suspended production and distribution.
Listeria may cause serious and potentially fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.
It can mean symptoms of high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea in healthy people, but no illnesses have been reported.
The recall includes certain lots of 1-, 4- and 8-ounce wedges and 2- and 4-pound wheels; and 8-ounce crumbles and 5-pound crumbles sold in Georgia and nationwide between Nov. 24 and Feb. 11.
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Those who purchased the affected Maytag products are urged to throw them away.
Refunds can be arranged by contacting Maytag Dairy Farms at 800-247-2458 or 641-791-2010, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.