January 15, 2004
HONOLULU – The Hawaii State Department of Health today
announced that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voluntary recall of
cheese has expanded to include Hawaii.
The product, President Brie Soft-Ripened Cheese, is being
voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Lactalis USA of Turlock, CA,
because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes. This organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal
infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with
weakened immune systems.
The department recommends that consumers discard or return the
product to the store where they purchased it. The cheese is packaged in
green foil (herb) or gold foil (plain) in seven-ounce and six-ounce
wedges. Items affected have a "sell by" date of 01/10/04 to 03/02/04.
Wholesalers or distributors had been notified by Lactalis USA to recall
the affected product.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at www.lactalis-usa.com
or the state Food and Drug Branch at 586-4725.
Margaret Yung/Wilbert Kubota
Food and Drug Branch
Phone: (808) 586-4725
Laura M. Lott
Department of Health
Phone: (808) 586-4418