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Cambrooke Foods, LLC is voluntarily recalling all batches of its Low Protein Imitation Cream Cheese, in Cheddar Wizard, Herb & Garlic, and Plain varieties. The products are for people with special dietary needs.
The Framingham, Mass.-based company is taking this action as a precaution because some of the products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and others with compromised immune systems.
During routine batch testing before shipment, Listeria was found in batches of Imitation Cream Cheese at the company's Randolph, Mass. plant. The affected products were destroyed and never shipped to customers.
To date, no illnesses have been reported as a result of eating the company's Imitation Cream Cheese.
Additionally, as a cautionary measure, Cambrooke Foods is withdrawing all batches of its Low Protein Peanot Butter because it's made using the same machinery used to produce the Imitation Cream Cheese items. Testing has not confirmed Listeria contamination in any batch of Low Protein Peanot Butter, nor have any adverse events been reported as a result of its consumption. No other Cambrooke Foods product is made using this machinery.
The products are distributed directly to consumers and to a limited number of distributors in the United States and Canada.
Cambrooke Foods has discontinued the production and distribution of these products, and is working with the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the cause of the contamination.