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New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today warned consumers in the Cayuga County, New York area not to consume “Old Fashioned Raw Milk Monterey Jack,” “Horseradish Monterey Jack,” and “Chipotle Adobo Monterey Jack” cheeses made by Ripley Dairy LLC, located at 66 West Cayuga Street, Moravia, New York due to possible Listeria contamination. To date, no illnesses associated with this product have been reported to the Department.

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The product is contained in a plastic shrink-wrapped, assorted ounce net weight package, displaying the plant number 36-3108, with a code Mfg. Date 5/17/17.  The consumer warning affects all packages with this code. The manufacturer name presented on the package is Hillcrest Dairy.

A routine sample of the cheese, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on August 9, 2017, was subsequently tested by the New York State Food Laboratory. It tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.  On August 11, 2017, the manufacturer was notified of a preliminary positive test result and voluntarily recalled the product from all their customers.  Test results were confirmed on August 17, 2017.  The cheese will be destroyed by the manufacturer.

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Listeria contaminated product could cause Listeriosis, a disease that can cause mild flu-like symptoms in healthy individuals; however in immune-compromised individuals, meningitis and blood poisoning can occur.  Pregnant women are also considered a high-risk group, as Listeriosis can also result in stillbirths.

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