Peterson Company is recalling Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese that came from its supplier Forever Cheese of Long Island City, NY. Forever Cheese recalled this cheese product on September 10 due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Forever Cheese’s Ricotta Salata Frescolina has been linked to 14 listeriosis illnesses in 11 states.  Peterson Company’s cheese, which it received from Forever Cheese, has now been linked to at least 1 listeriosis illness.

The recalled cheese was sold to distributors, retailers and restaurants in Washington and Oregon states between July 17 and September 10, 2012.  The cheese is Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, cut into 7 ounce pieces, with manufacturer codes 7022, 7212, 7272 and 7432. There is a total of 390 pounds in distribution.