The FDA is advising consumers who have the cheeses to throw them away, while any consumers with symptoms of Listeria should consult their health care professionals.
Estrella manufactures at least 18 varieties of soft ripened, semi-soft, semi-hard and hard cheeses made from raw cow or goat milk and aged 60 days or longer. The cheeses are sold in wheels or cut to order for retail markets, and do not contain lot codes.
These products are sold at specialty cheese shops, farmers markets, the company’s farm store in Montesano, and through the internet. The company also sells to restaurants and takes part in cheese contests where its products are sold.
FDA will continue its investigation, working with state and local officials, and will consider taking any further action that may be necessary.
The company had previously recalled cheeses due to L. mono contamination, but resumed marketing last May.