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Voluntary recall issued for some kosher shredded cheeses

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January 2, 2012 | 2:30 pm

Emmental cheese. Photo by Christian Bauer

Emmental cheese. Photo by Christian Bauer

The World Cheese Co., producer of Haolam and Miller’s kosher cheese products, issued a voluntary recall of some shredded cheese packaged in a Wisconsin plant.

It is the first time in 110 years that the company has issued a recall, according to a statement on the company’s Web site.

The recall comes after a packaging facility in Wisconsin that handles the shredding and packaging, and not production, of some Miller’s shredded products also packaged a different company’s cheese that was found to contain the deadly bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

Miller’s products packaged in the same plant all tested negative for the bacteria.

The state of Wisconsin requested the voluntary recall of all the products shredded in the plant following the discovery of the bacteria, according to World Cheese.

“By next week, stores will be stocked with freshly packed shredded products that meet the highest standards of kashrus and quality that you’ve been accustomed to receiving from us in the past,” a company statement said. “The products will be produced in a new shredding and packaging facility where we have exclusive control over the cheese that is brought into the facility.”

The recalled cheeses are all 8-ounce and 16-ounce bags of Miller’s shredded cheese (pizza, mozzarella, cheddar, fancy, muenster), with an expiration of June 5, 2012, through Sept. 4, 2012; all 32-ounce bags of Miller’s shredded mozzarella with an expiration date of Feb. 6, 2012, through May 7, 2012; and all 5-pound bags of Miller’s shredded mozzarella, cheddar, muenster and Monterey Jack with a package date of Sept. 8, 2011, through Dec. 7, 2011.

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