The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s Division of Food and Recreational Safety issued a consumer alert for 4 percent cottage cheese made by Westby Cooperative Creamery.
No illnesses were reported related to consumption of this product and no other Westby Cooperative Creamery products are included in this advisory.
The presence of active alkaline phosphatase was discovered in samples during routine testing and may indicate that the product was not adequately pasteurized.
Raw milk can be contaminated by pathogenic bacteria like E. coli O157, salmonella, campylobacter and listeria. If these pathogens were present in the raw milk that was inadequately pasteurized, they may have survived and, if ingested, could cause illness.
Consumers should only be concerned with cottage cheese sold on or before Aug. 26 in 16-, 22- and 24-ounce containers under the Westby, Food Club, Oberweis and Shurfine brand names. The containers will contain lot code 10-6-16 cc.
Consumers in possession of this product should not consume it, but should return it to the place of purchase or discard it.