Health officials said recent cases of Salmonella were identified in people who had consumed Chapel Hill Creamery products.
Orange County has provided a hot line for any questions - (919) 245-2378.
The company said the products involved in the voluntary recall include all codes, packages, and sizes of the following varieties of cheese manufactured by Chapel Hill Creamery and distributed through retail locations, Farmer's Markets, or restaurants throughout North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia:
- Hot Farmers Cheese
- Dairyland Farmers Cheese
- Smoked Mozzarella
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Hickory Grove
- Carolina Moon
- Smoked Farmers Cheese
- New Moon
"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.
The Creamery is working with other agencies to determine the source of the Salmonella and which cheeses are affected.
The Creamery will provide updated information on its web site as it becomes available.
Those infected with Salmonella experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. People who are concerned they might have Salmonella infections should contact their doctor to discuss testing and treatment. The illness typically lasts four to seven days, and most persons recover without treatment. However, in some persons, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.
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