By City News Service
Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was detected in raw milk cheese produced in Missouri and sold in four California counties, including San Diego, according to the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
The bacteria was found in two cheese products labeled as Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese Garlic Colby and Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese Hot Pepper Colby, both manufactured at processing plant number 29-428 in Mountain View, Mo.
The products were shipped from the Missouri plant to locations in San Diego, Los Angeles, Mendocino and Santa Cruz counties.
Listeria monocytogenes may cause listeriosis among "at risk" people, including pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems, said Steve Lyle, the department's director of public affairs.
Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache and stiff neck can occur, Lyle said.
Infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to more serious problems for the fetus. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms, Lyle said.
Consumers should discard the cheese or return it to the place of purchase. No illnesses have been reported.