Fair Oaks Dairy Products, LLC, Fair Oaks, Indiana today voluntarily recalled certain one half pound retail packaged cheeses and cheese gift boxes produced under the Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheese label and sold between September 30, 2011 and December 3, 2011. These cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The cheeses were sold at the Fair Oaks Dairy store in Northwest Indiana, to other stores directly, and through distributors primarily in Northern and Central Indiana and Northeast Illinois. One store in the Sulphur Springs, Texas area also has received the product.
The 1/2 lb. packages of cheese are wrapped in clear plastic with the label “Fair Oaks Farms Fine Cheese” and the name of the variety on the front panel of the package. The varieties are as follows: Asiago, Butterkase, Gouda, Aged Gouda, Smoked Gouda, Havarti, Pepper Havarti, Habanero Havarti, Onion Havarti, Veggie Havarti, Havarti Dill, Sweet Swiss, Smoked Sweet Swiss, Emmentaler, Calico, Mozzarella, Farmers, Cheese Curds, Muenster, Provolone, Lacy Swiss, Cheddar, Cheddar Mild, 1 yr. Cheddar, 2 yr. Cheddar, 3 yr. Cheddar, 4 yr. Cheddar, and 5 yr. Cheddar. Each variety is identified on the label. There are no identifying dates or UPCs on the packages. The recall includes gift boxes that contain any of these cheeses.
Laboratory analysis confirmed that a four year aged Cheddar cheese marketed in one half pound packages contained Listeria monocytogenes. Fair Oaks has voluntarily recalled one half pound retail packaged cheeses and cheese gift boxes produced in its plant during the period of September 30 through November 17, 2011. Fair Oaks has contacted the FDA and issued the recall to consumers in Illinois and Indiana. No illnesses have been reported to date. All remaining inventory has been quarantined and will be destroyed under FDA supervision.