Bothwell Listeria Tainted Cheese Issues Recall

Dec 22, 2015 07:50 AM EST | By J. Navarra

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Bothwell Cheese has announced a voluntary recall for Bothwell cheese products in the market. The particular product category the company is pulling off the shelves are the shredded cheese kind. The reason for the recall is due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is a specie of pathogenic bacteria that causes the infection listerosis. It is unlike any other germ because it can grow in cold temperatures. 

If you have purchased a product from Bothwell, take note of the list below if your product might have been contaminated:

  • Bothwell's White Cheddar Shred, 10 kg (2 x 5 kg) with Lot # 151030
  • Bothwell's Old Cheddar Shred, 10 kg (2 x 5 kg) with Lot # 151030
  • Bothwell's Mild Shred, 10 kg with Lot # 151030
  • Bothwell's Old Shred, 6.81 kg (3 x 2.27 kg) with Lot # 151030
  • Bothwell's Mozzarella Blend Shredded Cheese, 340 g with Lot # 160626
Listeria-contaminated cheese by Bothwell Cheese Inc. are being recalled from shelves based on findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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Listeria-contaminated cheese by Bothwell Cheese Inc. are being recalled from shelves based on findings by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Consumers who have purchased the products should dispose of the item/s immediately and should not ingest the cheese products. Distributors, retailers and food businesses are encouraged to dispose them.

The affected products are labeled with packaging dates on October 30 with Lot # 151030. Products also include a Best Before date of June 26, 2016.

Bothwell Cheese has issued an announcment on their company website, including an apology from the company's lead himself, regarding certain products being recalled due to the possibility of contamination. Kevin Thomson, president of Bothwell Cheese issued an awkward but direct apology online:

As president of Bothwell Cheese, I am embarrassed and truly sorry to announce today that we are recalling some of our products.  Our customers' health is our first priority. 

The company still stands by its commitment to producing wholesome and natural food.

It is still not known how the products were contaminated and investigations are still underway, as sources indicated online.

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