Sally Jackson Cheese, a well-respected gourmet cheese from Washington State, has been recalled. From Tami over at Pacific NW Cheese Project:
The recall is the result of an investigation that has been underway for several weeks. Apparently an e coli ‘cluster’ was discovered in several Pacific Northwest states, and the illnesses were traced to cheese consumed by the various people who fell ill. Investigators have focused on Sally Jackson’s cheeses as a possible source of the outbreak.
A few weeks ago, Oroville farmer Sally Jackson told a state inspector that in 30 years of making cheese — cheese that is revered not only in Washington but by gourmet chefs nationwide — she’d never gotten anyone sick.
That all changed in an instant. Over the past week, Jackson learned that eight cases of E. coli illness are likely linked with her products. On Friday, she announced a recall and is cooperating with government agencies.
Inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes in cheese made by the Estrella Family Creamery, and also repeatedly identified the bacteria in swabs of its Montesano facility, yet that Grays Harbor County dairy refused a request to recall its product. In October, the Food and Drug Administration obtained a court order forcing it to shut down. The creamery is battling the court action.
“I do not want to be associated with their fight,” Jackson said. “The bottom line is, I don’t want to make anybody else sick.”
Finally, from the Oregonian,
Last Friday, less than two weeks after Tourdjman started the investigation, Jackson pulled all her cheese off the market.
“I voluntarily recalled my cheese to keep other people from getting sick,” she told The Oregonian.
The recall was followed by an FDA inspection report that cited Jackson for unsanitary practices, such as inadequate hand-washing facilities and manure on floors.
Jackson, who turns 65 in a few weeks, is closing down.
“I would have preferred to have (retired) on my own terms but it’s not to be,” she said.