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NY agriculture chief: Cayuga County dairy's cheese tests positive for listeria

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The state agriculture commissioner is warning consumers not to eat three cheeses produced by a Cayuga County dairy after a sample tested positive for listeria. 

The alert applies to three cheeses manufactured by Hillcrest Dairy in Moravia — Old Fashioned Raw Milk Monterey Jack, Horseradish Monterey Jack and Chipotle Adobo Monterey Jack. 

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball said an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services obtained a sample of the cheese on Aug. 9. It was submitted to the New York State Food Laboratory for testing. 

On Aug. 11, Hillcrest Dairy was notified of a preliminary positive test result for listeria. The company voluntarily recalled the product from its customers, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. 

The positive test result was confirmed on Aug. 17. Hillcrest Dairy will destroy the affected cheese. 

The consumer alert issued by the state applies to cheeses packaged in plastic shrink wrap and labeled with the plant number 36-3108. The manufacture date on the product is May 17, 2017. 

As of Tuesday night, no illnesses have been reported to the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. 

Listeria can cause listeriosis, a disease that can cause flu-like symptoms in otherwise healthy people. For those with weaker immune systems, the bacteria can cause more serious conditions, including blood poisoning and meningitis. Pregnant women are placed in the higher risk group because listeriosis can cause stillbirths. 

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