Recall of Mecox Sunrise Cheese
Mecox Bay Dairy in Bridgehampton announced on Thursday that it has temporarily stopped selling milk and cheese following a recall of Mecox Sunrise cheeses that had been sold after March 1. The recall was issued after routine testing by New York State Agriculture and Markets Division of Milk Control revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the dairy's washed-rind Tomme-style cheese, which is made with raw milk.
According to an announcement about the recall posted on the Federal Drug Administration's website, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. An infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
No illnesses had been reported, the announcement said, and the recall was done "out of abundance of caution."
The cheese was removed from retail stores and from the restaurants that had been serving it.
The production of the product has been suspended while the F.D.A., the New York State Agriculture and Markets, and the dairy continue to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased any Mecox Sunrise cheese are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Those with questions may contact Mecox Bay Dairy between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 631-537-0335.