By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


The Food and Drug Administration has (quietly) instituted a nationwide recall of 1,325,000 pounds of Wisconsin cheese due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

According to FDA:

"Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea from listeria infection. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirth among pregnant women."

Have you seen this story on television?

Have you read about this story in the newspaper?


"Milk from cows inoculated with listeria was pooled for 2 to 4 days and then heated at 162 degrees Fahrenheit for 16 seconds in a high-temperature, short-time pasteurization unit. Live listeria bacteria was then successfully isolated from the milk after heat treatment in 11 of 12 pasteurization trials."

(Journal of Environmental Microbiology. July 1987)


"Listeria organisms excreted in cow's milk escaped pasteurization, grew well at refrigerator temperatures, and were ingested by consumers."

(New England Journal of Medicine, 1985, 312)


Why has this important story been censored?

Has your deli or supermarket complied with the recall? If you still eat the stuff (heaven forbid), be certain to ask your deli person for the name of the manufacturer. If it's:

Hill & Valley Cheese, Inc., Cashton, Wisconsin.

... then run for the hills or hide in a valley!

Various Cheeses:
Bulk cheeses in 40-pound blocks:

  • a) Monterey Jack Cheese dated JUN 8 2000 through OCT 25 2000
  • b) Colby Cheese dated JUN 8 2000 through OCT 25 2000
  • c) Cheddar Cheese dated JUN 8 2000 through OCT 25 2000
  • d) Semi Soft Marble Cheese dated JUN 8 2000 through OCT 25 2000 (Marble Cheese is a mixture of Colby and Monterey Jack and can also be called Colby Jack cheese.)
  • e) Muenster Cheese coded/dated "VAT E OCT 3 2000" Retail size packages with individual weights of about one pound and labeled with the brand name "Hill & Valley Cheese, Inc.", the cheese name, and ingredients, and have Hill & Valley Cheese, Inc., Cashton, WI identified as the distributor):
  • f) Colby Cheese, all lots
  • g) Colby-Jack Cheese, all lots
  • h) Mild Cheddar Cheese, all lots
  • i) Monterey Jack Cheese, all lots
  • j) Cheddar Bacon Cheese, all lots
  • k) Vegetable Jack Cheese, all lots
  • l) Onion Jack Cheese, all lots
  • m) Garlic Cheese, all lots
  • n) Caraway Cheese, all lots
  • o) Christmas Cheese, all lots
  • p) Pepper-Jack Cheese, all lots
  • q) Party Pack Cheese, all lots
  • r) Horseradish Cheese, all lots
  • s) Cheese Curds, all lots. Recall #F-126/144-1.


    Manufacturer, by visit on October 17, 2000, and by letters November 2, 13, and 14, 2000. Ongoing recall resulted from sample analysis and follow-up by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture and Markets.

    THEY (FDA, newspapers, television) would rather people get sick then hurt the dairy industry. Please use the power of the Internet to get the truth out. Send this ALERT to everybody you know!

    Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z

    Executive Director (
    Dairy Education Board

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