The Westford Health Department shared a press release this week announcing the recall of 21 wheels of Waxed Gouda from Smith’s Country Cheese in Winchendon due to the potential of Listeria monocytogenes.
Better known simply as Listeria, Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea, diarrhea and miscarriages in pregnant women.
The wheels were sold throughout Massachusetts and have the number “4037” on its corner.
Consumers who have purchased Smith’s Farmstead Gouda waxed wheels are urged not to consume and to return them to Smith’s Country Cheese, Inc. at 20 Otter River Road, Winchendon, MA 01475 for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Smith’s Country Cheese, Inc. at 1-800-700-9974 Monday through Friday between 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST.
More updates from the Westford Board of Health are available at westfordma.gov/subscriber.