FDA has said that the State Milk Board in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and Homestead Creamery of Jamesport, MO, is voluntarily withdrawing a batch of its Flory’s Favorite cheese from the US market. The recall was initiated by the company after Preliminary test results received from the Missouri State Health Laboratory revealed that the cheese may be contaminated with Shiga-Toxin producing E-Coli, which can lead to food borne illness.

According to reports from various sources the local government has temporarily suspended the license of Homestead Creamery to sell milk and milk products. Viewing recent cases of contamination in the milk products the Missouri State Milk Board is reviewing the record of the company, its warehousing facility and other related services that are related to the distribution of milk products. Meanwhile the federal agency in association with Homestead Creamery has appealed that people should seek for the affected batch and anyone who has purchased the cheese may return the unused product to the place of purchase.

The withdrawn product, Flory’s Favorite, is a 60-day aged cheese made with raw milk. Packages of the cheese are labeled with “Packed On 210”. This affects approximately 250 pounds of cheese and does not affect any other dairy products from Homestead Creamery.

The withdrawn cheese was sold at Homestead Creamery facility in Jamesport, MO and may have been sold by the following retailers:

  • HyVee in Trenton, MO
  • HyVee in Liberty, MO
  • MiltonCreamery in Milton, Iowa
  • Benedict Builders’ Farm in Knob Noster, MO

What are Shiga Toxins?

Shiga Toxins are a kind of toxins that are produced by bacteria like S. dysenteriae and the Shigatoxigenic group of Escherichia coli (STEC). In a human body these toxins could cause mild to severe dysentery. The name Shiga Toxin is coined after Kiyoshi Shiga, who first described the bacterial origin of dysentery caused by Shigella dysenteriae.

Symptoms of dysentery

The main symptom of dysentery is frequent, near-liquid diarrhea flecked with blood, mucus, or pus. Other symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Sudden onset of high fever and chills
  • Bloating and cramps
  • Urgency to pass stool
  • Flatulence
  • Headache
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration