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June 12, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Listeria recall for another Northwest cheese

Golden Glen Creamery, which sells its cheeses at various farmers markets and specialty markets around the region, has recalled a batch of its Cheddar because “it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.”

A sample of the “Red Pepper with Onion & Garlic Cheddar” taken by the Washington State Department of Agriculture tested positive for the organism, though samples of the same batch tested negative when the company submitted them to an independent laboratory, according to a statement from the Bow-based creamery. No illnesses have been reported in connection with the roughly 124 pounds of cheese, sold between March 1 and June 7.

Golden Glen had recalled 20 pounds of its raw Cheddar cheese in November, and 89 four-ounce packs of its flavored butter in December, also in connection with listeria. (No illnesses were reported in those recalls either.)

It’s a reminder, after the industry was shocked last year by recalls and the eventual shutdown of artisan cheese pioneers Sally Jackson and Estrella, that small local producers aren’t immune to food safety concerns. But when I look at the tiny size of these recalls, compared with recent industrial-sized ones — 74,000 cases of pasta due to metal fragments, for one — I’m also struck by the limited scope of problems from small producers.

If you bought the Golden Glen cheese in question, return it where you bought it for a full refund. The company invited customers with questions to call them at 360-766-6455 or write them at info@goldenglencreamery.com .

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