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Brooklyn, NY - 'Haolam' Cheese In Voluntary Recall Of Shredded Cheese

Published on: January 1, 2012 03:22 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - World Cheese Company, producer of Haolam cholov yisrael cheese products, and Miller’s Cheese Corp. have issued a voluntary recall on a limited amount of shredded cheese packaged in a Wisconsin plant.  The Voluntary Recall was requested by the State of Wisconsin after a different company brought into the Wisconsin shredding and packaging plant cheese that was found to contain Listeria monocytogenes. This plant also shreds and packages Haolam and Miller’s shredded cheese.

Haolam and Miller’s were instructed to issue the voluntary recall despite the fact that all of its products that were distributed in the marketplace tested negative for listeria monocytogenes. The recall is limited to products shredded and packaged at the Wisconsin facility.  World Cheese and Miller’s are exercising extreme caution by recalling all products that were shredded in the affected plant, measures that are well beyond the basic requirements by the State of Wisconsin.

Spokesmen for the kosher cheese brands emphasized that the Voluntary Recall does not involve any of the other quality cheese products produced by the companies. In a statement posted on their respective websites (www.worldcheeseco.com and www.millerscheesecorp.com), the companies noted that the Haolam and Milller’s products are produced in state-of-the-art USDA approved and monitored facilities and are not produced in the affected packaging plant, which specializes in packaging. In fact, the companies moved swiftly to make alternate arrangements. Said the companies: “By next week, stores will be stocked with freshly packed shredded products that meet the highest standards of kashrus and quality that you’ve been accustomed to receiving from us in the past. The products will be produced in a new shredding and packaging facility where we have exclusive control over the cheese that is brought into the facility.”

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The statement reassured consumers that “there was no actual health danger to people who consumed the products, especially since all of our products that were distributed in the marketplace tested negative for Listeria monocytogenes.” It emphasized that the voluntary recall is obviously not at all a kashrus issue whatsoever. In addition to its high level of kashrus, the companies pointed to their meticulous and effective quality control program which is why there has never been a recall of any of their products in nearly eight decades of the companies’ existence.


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 Jan 01, 2012 at 03:51 PM me-myself-my-shadow-and-I Says:

The recall is only on the shredded cheese with the expiry date August 24 and september 08 2012.
All other products and expiry dates are fine.

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 04:02 PM avrohom0919 Says:

Don't they clean the machine for their Cholov Yisroel run?

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 07:29 PM Anonymous Says:

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avrohom0919 Says:

Don't they clean the machine for their Cholov Yisroel run?

This is not where they make the cheese - this is where the cheese is packaged. The machines still have to be cleaned bc the same facility packages non-kosher cheese. But Listeria does not necessarily get cleaned away. It is bacteria. And they can not take chances.

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 07:36 PM Kashrus Pro Says:

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avrohom0919 Says:

Don't they clean the machine for their Cholov Yisroel run?

I love when people comment without knowing what they are talking about so let me teach you something.

Equipment is cleaned after productions. This is NOT a cholov Yisroel vs cholov stamm issue like you would want it to be. This strain shows up on EVERYTHING in some amount and in all probability is NOT a major concern.

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 07:53 PM cj1234 Says:

As someone that works in the dairy industry as a Mashgiach , I can tell you from experience with great certainty that kashering kailim can not stop L Mono from possibly contaiminating a facility .

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM cj1234 Says:

As someone that works in the dairy industry as a masgiach I can tell you with certainty that kashering kailim would not guaratee to stop a facility from becoming contaminated with L.Mono. In all probability this is properly the reason Haolam cheese indeed tested negative for this bacteria .

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 08:43 PM esther Says:

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Kashrus Pro Says:

I love when people comment without knowing what they are talking about so let me teach you something.

Equipment is cleaned after productions. This is NOT a cholov Yisroel vs cholov stamm issue like you would want it to be. This strain shows up on EVERYTHING in some amount and in all probability is NOT a major concern.

i don'tthink 2 was stating what you're suggesting.he's asking if the cleaning wouldn't ahve killed the listeria,simple.

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM Kashrus Pro Says:

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cj1234 Says:

As someone that works in the dairy industry as a Mashgiach , I can tell you from experience with great certainty that kashering kailim can not stop L Mono from possibly contaiminating a facility .

Pray tell why would they kasher the keylim IF its only a shredder. The facts on the ground are: THEY DONT KASHER THE SHREDDER (that's a guarantee!) . The shredder is washed well between productions and is treated with chemicals to IYH kill anything & everything.

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 11:45 PM Momo Says:

If it's aged cheese they may need to kasher.

Fact is read the worldcheeseco. Web site. ALL Their cheese tests came back negative. Another cheese company using the same shredder facility had tested positive. Not any of HAolom products. It's a volunteer recall - not one that the gov demanded.

Listeria can be airborne. I think.

The info states that the shredding is done at another facility other than were the actual raw cheese is made. It takes time for cheese to be packaged. It needs to be tested for quality and that is why Haolom does accoring to their website. They did not have a problem. It is just abundance of caution for a company that always makes the best cheese in quality and kashrut.

Were ever I go I ask if they use Haolom as I know it's the best. Haunt found anything that matches up.

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 11:54 PM Anonymous Says:

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Kashrus Pro Says:

Pray tell why would they kasher the keylim IF its only a shredder. The facts on the ground are: THEY DONT KASHER THE SHREDDER (that's a guarantee!) . The shredder is washed well between productions and is treated with chemicals to IYH kill anything & everything.

It is NOT a shredder. The cheese is made and shredded at a separate plant then it goes to a plant that packages it. This is a packaging plant. The machines have to be washed down bc non kosher cheese is packages in the same machines ... that cleaning will NOT kill Listeria. Listeria needs to always be completely negative ... there is no small amount that is allowed. And in addition, just because they "Haolam" claims they have yet to find any Listeria does not mean it is not there and when they say they went above and beyond what the state requires, that is a load of bunk because the FDA is involved and tells them exactly what they have to do for a recall..

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 Jan 01, 2012 at 11:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
Kashrus Pro Says:

Pray tell why would they kasher the keylim IF its only a shredder. The facts on the ground are: THEY DONT KASHER THE SHREDDER (that's a guarantee!) . The shredder is washed well between productions and is treated with chemicals to IYH kill anything & everything.

oops = it is true that it is shredding and packaging ... but the cheese was manufactured elsewhere so no kashering is needed, just cleaning and as I said the cleaning will not kill listeria. And also, why does Haolam call themselves "manufacturers" when they clearly do not manufacture their own cheese ... it is all done by other cheese plants.

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 12:46 AM My Dad works in the Dairy business Says:

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Momo Says:

If it's aged cheese they may need to kasher.

Fact is read the worldcheeseco. Web site. ALL Their cheese tests came back negative. Another cheese company using the same shredder facility had tested positive. Not any of HAolom products. It's a volunteer recall - not one that the gov demanded.

Listeria can be airborne. I think.

The info states that the shredding is done at another facility other than were the actual raw cheese is made. It takes time for cheese to be packaged. It needs to be tested for quality and that is why Haolom does accoring to their website. They did not have a problem. It is just abundance of caution for a company that always makes the best cheese in quality and kashrut.

Were ever I go I ask if they use Haolom as I know it's the best. Haunt found anything that matches up.

"It's a volunteer recall - not one that the gov demanded. "

wrong. A volunteer recall is not "voluntary" and it is in fact demanded by the Government. It just means they are compliant.

Just because the "bit" they tested came back negative does not mean there is no Listeria in their product. That is why the recall is demanded .. they can not take chances.

If you have not found anything that matches up .. you probably have never tried.

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 12:52 AM missyid Says:

Alpine Slicing and Cheese Conversion of Monroe announced its recall Sunday.
The company says testing by an independent laboratory confirmed that some products processed on the shred line contained Listeria.
The company says no illnesses have been reported.
The recalled products are:
- Brennan's Cellars Shredded Premium Fondue Blend -- Emmentaler Swiss & Gruyere Cheese
- Brennan's Cellars Shredded Mild Colored Cheddar Cheese
- Brennan's Cellars Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
The recalled cheeses were distributed to Brennan's Stores in Milwaukee, Dane and Green counties of Wisconsin.
World Cheese says it is recalling all its cheeses that were shredded in the affected plant. The recall is limited to the following Haolam shredded products:
- All 8 oz and 16 oz. bags of Haolam shredded cheese (pizza, mozzarella, cheddar, fancy, Muenster, R/F Muenster, R/F cheddar), with an expiration of June 5 through Sept 4, 2012
- All 32 oz. bags of Haolam shredded mozzarella and gourmet blend with an expiration date of February 6, 2012 through May 7, 2012
- All 5 lb. bags of Haolam shredded mozzarella, cheddar and muenster with a pack date of Sept. 8, 2011 through Dec 7, 20 2011

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 09:33 AM MAMAROCHEL Says:

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avrohom0919 Says:

Don't they clean the machine for their Cholov Yisroel run?

cleaning & sterilizing are different procedures. One does not have to sterilize equipment in order to Kasher it.

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 Jan 02, 2012 at 07:24 PM LeiderLeider... Says:

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me-myself-my-shadow-and-I Says:

The recall is only on the shredded cheese with the expiry date August 24 and september 08 2012.
All other products and expiry dates are fine.

Here is a list of the affected cheeses off their website:

- All 8 oz and 16 oz. bags of Haolam shredded cheese (Pizza, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Fancy, Muenster, R/F Muenster, R/F Cheddar), with an expiration of June 5,2012 through Sept 4, 2012

 

- All 32 oz bags of Haolam shredded Mozzarella and Gourmet Blend with an expiration date of February 6, 2012 through May 7, 2012

 

- All 5 lb bags of Haolam shredded Mozzarella, Cheddar and Muenster with a pack date of September 8, 2011 through Dec 7, 2011

 

Please note: everything is expiration date except the 5 lb. Shredded bags are pack date

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