Wisconsin-based food company Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion Company is recalling several types of cheeses sold under its Brennan’s Cellar brand. The cheese products are believed to have been contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.
The problem was discovered during a sample testing that was conducted by a third-party laboratory. Results showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in some of the products. It was observed that the samples processed on the same line tested positive for the bacteria. Thus, even if there were samples that showed negative for the bacteria, as long as they had been processed on the same line, they would still be included in the recall.
Specific information about the recalled cheese products are as follows:
“Brennan’s Cellars Shredded Premium Fondue Blend-Emmentaler Swiss & Gruyere Cheese” – 372 lbs. are approximated to be affected; distributed from November 23 to December 6, 2011. This product is packed in 16-ounce retail packages labelled with “Brennan’s Cellars Shredded Premium Fondue Blend.” The identifier code 290A11 is indicated on the back of the product’s packaging.
“Brennan’s Cellars Shredded Mild Colored Cheddar Cheese” – 168 lbs. are approximated to be affected; distributed last October 8 and has a “18FEB12” sell-by date indicated on the packaging.
“Brennan’s Cellars Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese” – 137 lbs. are approximated to be affected; distributed last October 8 and also has “18FEB12”sell-by date indicated on the packaging.
These recalled cheese products were sold in Brennan’s stores in Wisconsin, specifically in Milwaukee, Green County and Dane County. Consumers who may have bought the affected products are urged to stop using or consuming it and return it to the store where it was bought. They may also call 608-334-0945 and ask for Dan Schlichting with any concerns regarding the recall.