Keswick Creamery recalls cheese over possible listeria contamination

By Teodora Lyubomirova contact

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Keswick Creamery says it had been testing its cheeses at a third-party laboratory since June, and all the cheese sold has tested negative. Photo: FDA
Keswick Creamery says it had been testing its cheeses at a third-party laboratory since June, and all the cheese sold has tested negative. Photo: FDA

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Newburg-based Keswick Creamery at Carrock Farm has recalled 10 of its cheeses due to potential listeria contamination, the US Food and Drug Administration reported.

The cheeses listed in the recall are Calverley Cheese, Vulkwin’s Folly Cheese, Vermeer Cheese, Havarti Cheese, Wallaby Cheese, Cider Washed Tomme Cheese, Feta Cheese, Whole Milk Ricotta, Bovre Cheese (plain, oregano and garlic, herbes de provence, cranberry and honey) and Quark Cheese (plain, dill and onion). The recall was triggered following routine sampling conducted by the FDA, which revealed that some finished products contained the bacteria.

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All cheeses were distributed at Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market in Washington, D.C.; Takoma Park Farmers Market in Takoma Park, Maryland; Smith Meadows Farm Store in Berryville, Virginia; Oylers Organic Farms and Market in Biglerville, Pennsylvania; and Talking Breads Farm Store in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

The cheeses will be labeled from Keswick Creamery, with the cheese name on the label.

  • Calverley Cheese in 4 oz to 12 oz packages, price and weight labeled in red, black, or purple ink
  • Vulkwin’s Folly Cheese in 4 oz to 12 oz packages, price and weight labeled in red, black, or purple ink
  • Havarti Cheese in 4 oz to 12 oz packages, price and weight labeled in red, black, or purple ink
  • Vermeer Cheese in 4 oz to 12 oz packages, price and weight labeled in red, black, or purple ink
  • Wallaby Cheese in 4 oz to 12 oz packages, price and weight labeled in red, black, or purple ink
  • Cider Washed Tomme Cheese in 4 oz to 12 oz packages, price and weight labeled in red, black, or purple ink
  • Feta cheese in 4 oz to 12 oz packages, price and weight labeled in red, black, or purple ink
  • Whole Milk Ricotta, 8 oz and 16 oz clear deli container, expiration dates 7/18/22, 7/25/22, 8/1/22, 8/8/22, 8/18/22
  • Bovre Cheese (plain, oregano and garlic, herbes de Provence, cranberry and honey), 8oz clear deli container, expiration dates 7/25/22, 8/1/22, 8/8/22, 8/22/22
  • Quark Cheese (plain and dill and onion), 8 oz and 16 oz clear deli container, expiration dates 7/7/22, 8/4/22, 8/25/22

No illnesses have been reported to date, the FDA said.

Keswick Creamery has ceased the production and distribution of all products as the investigation continues. The company, which makes raw milk cheese as well as pasteurized cheese, said in a statement: “We have been testing our cheeses at a third-party lab since June, and all the cheese we have sold has tested negative. At the FDA's recommendation and out of an abundance of caution we have issued this recall.

"We are working with the FDA to solve this issue and get back to making cheese as soon as possible. We will see you again soon!”

Related topics: Regulation & Safety, Cheese

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