Pepper Jack Cheese Recalled Over Listeria

The cheese was sold at the farm's on-site shop and at stores in four states.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture warns that consumers should discard Hilltop Meadow Farm brand "60 Day Aged Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese" with sell by dates of Sept. 21, 2023 or earlier.

Testing of this cheese confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. The Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese from Hilltop Meadow Farm, located at 153 Martin Road in Pine Grove, is being voluntarily recalled by the farm, and was sold in ½ lb, 1 lb, 2.5 lb, and 5 lb sizes at their on-farm store and at the following locations:

  • Meadow Run Farms, 727 Rettew Mill Road, Littitz, Pennsylvania
  • Shady Acres Farm Market, 8514 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
  • Willow Haven Farm, 7686 Herber Road, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
  • Healthy Habits Natural Market, 1120 Center Turnpike, Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania
  • Little Leaf Natural Products, 505 S Main Street, Montrose, Pennsylvania
  • Whole Earth Center, 360 Nassau St, Princeton, New Jersey
  • Healthy Way, 396 S Main St, Massena, New York
  • Northstar Bison Store, 225 Birch Avenue, Cameron, Wisconsin

The tainted Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese is labeled with the Hilltop Meadow Farm label and designations "From A2/A2 Milk" and "Made from 100% Grassfed Cow's Milk" product descriptions.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an illness which has symptoms including fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhea. Listeriosis mainly affects pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with impaired immune systems. Listeriosis in pregnant women can result in miscarriage, premature delivery, serious infection of the newborn, or stillbirth.

No reported illnesses have been attributed to the product, but people who consumed the Pepper Jack Raw Milk Cheese should consult their physicians if they become ill.

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