Massachusetts Department Of Public Health Issues Soft-Cheese Alert
The Department of Public Health (DPH) is warning consumers not to eat certain soft cheeses, known as Portuguese Cheese, made by the Martin Cheese Company, Westport, MA. The cheese product packages may not have "sell-by" dates. DPH is recalling all soft cheese produced by Martin Cheese Company because of the potential of inadequate pasteurization. Unpasteurized milk may contain disease-causing agents that can cause severe illness and, in certain cases, death.
The cheeses involved in the recall are all soft cheeses made with both cow and goat milk produced at Martin Cheese Company, Westport, MA.
The products are found in hard plastic containers of various sizes or packaged in clear plastic wrap. They are sold in ethnic markets and in certain outlets in Eastern and Central Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Businesses and consumers who have purchased these products are advised to remove them from sale and discard the product. No illnesses linked to these products have been reported to the Department to date.
The recall was initiated after sampling by the DPH and subsequent analysis by the Department's State Laboratory Institute revealed that the cheese was not properly pasteurized. Consumers with questions should contact the Massachusetts Food Protection Program at 617-983-6712.