State Ag Dept. Issues Recall Notice

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black has alerted the state’s residents to the recall of some Flat Creek Farm & Dairy’s Heavenly Blue and Aztec Cheddar cheeses, sold in Georgia and Florida, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking retail stores and food warehouses to make sure the recalled product is removed from sale.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, Georgia has recalled 90 pounds of Heavenly Blue and 78 pounds of Aztec Cheddar cheese, because of potential contamination of Salmonella.

Officials said no illnesses have been reported to date and add that Flat Creek is in the process of notifying all of the purchasers.

The cheeses were distributed in certain parts of Georgia and Florida and six online orders, which officials say are in the process of being notified.

The product is packed in clear plastic and ranges in sizes from ½ pound to whole wheels.

The recall is specific to product marked with the lot codes 130916XHB for Heavenly Blue and 130823XAZ for Aztec Cheddar, which can be found on the front of the package.

Ag Department officials said the recall was the result of a routine sampling program conducted by the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which revealed that the finished products were potentially contaminated.

Consumers that have purchased this product are urged to return the product to the place of purchase.