Chapel Hill Creamery recalls all cheeses over possible salmonella risk

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) – Chapel Hill Creamery has voluntarily recalled all of their cheese products because of a potential association with a salmonella outbreak, the company said in a press release.

Chapel Hill Creamery's Dairyland Farmers Cheese (Photo: Chapel Hill Creamery)
Chapel Hill Creamery’s Dairyland Farmers Cheese (Photo: Chapel Hill Creamery)

Some who have consumed Chapel Hill Creamery’s products have been identified as having salmonella. A strain of salmonella was found in milk from the creamery that was used while preparing the cheese products, the release said.

The products included in the recall include all codes, packages and sizes of the company’s cheese products. The products are distributed through retail locations, farmers markets and restaurants throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

The products recalled are:

  • Quark
  • Danziger
  • Swiss
  • Paneer
  • Calvander
  • Hot Farmers Cheese
  • Dairyland Farmers Cheese
  • Smoked Mozzarella
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Burrata
  • Hickory Grove
  • Carolina Moon
  • Smoked Farmers Cheese
  • New Moon
  • Pheta

“Although there is not yet a definitive link between the CHC cheese and the illnesses, there is enough evidence to implicate the cheese and we are asking customers to not consume these cheeses or use them in food service,” said Portia McKnight, co-founder of the Creamery.

McKnight said that Chapel Hill Creamery has requested wholesale customers to remove any CHC cheese from their shelves and dispose of it. Consumers who have this product in their home should not consume it and should dispose of it. Customers are reminded to thoroughly wash their hands and any utensils or equipment that may have contacted the cheese in warm, soapy water.

“Our customers are our top priority,” McKnight said. “If there is any potential of risk, we take that very seriously and are committed to addressing it fully.”

The Creamery is working with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Orange County Health Department to identify the source of the salmonella and which cheeses are affected.

“It’s important to recognize that they were doing everything according to regulations. This was not anything that they did wrong. It just sometimes happens,” Health officials said.

The Creamery will provide updated information on its website as it becomes available.

Orange County has provided a hot line (919) 245-2378 for any questions.

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