Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese Issues a Voluntary Recall of Various Cheeses Because of Possible Health Ris

November 16, 2012


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 5, 2012 - Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese (KFHC), due to the abundance of caution, is conducting a voluntary recall due to routine testing based on our company’s concern for our customers. This testing confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a few samples of the following cheeses. At this time, no illnesses have been reported, but to ensure that all suspect product is removed from the marketplace, KFHC is initiating this voluntary recall in cooperation with the Milk Safety Branch of the Kentucky Department of Health Services (KDHS) and the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
1. Colby, Colby Cheese, 8oz, 5 lb, 10 lb, or 25 lb block, vacuum packed, Lot # 120724
2. Chipotle Colby, Flavored Colby Cheese, 8 oz, 5 lb, 10 lb, or 25 lb block, vacuum packed, Lot #120711
3. Monterey Jack, Jack Cheese, 8 oz, 5 lb, 10 lb, or 25 lb block, vacuum packed, Lot # 120719
4. Mild Cheddar, Cheddar Cheese, 8 oz, 5 lb, 10 lb, or 25 lb block, vacuum packed Lot # 120625

These specific cheeses and lot numbers were distributed or sold beginning on September 20th, 2012 to locations in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia to distributors, restaurants and farmer’s markets. Anyone that has distributed any of the cheeses identified above needs to immediately notify their customers of the voluntary recall and instruct them to return any affected cheeses for a full refund. The cost of the returned cheese will be reimbursed. Anyone identifying the above cheeses in their inventory needs to isolate/quarantine this cheese and immediately contact Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese to arrange product return for a full refund.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women.

If you have any questions or seek additional information, please call 888-571-4029   or 270-434-4124   or email Hours of operations are Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm CST.

*We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.

For full details on the recall, please visit:

If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at or 312.629.7263.


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