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Agriculture Department Warns of Listeria Contamination in Goat Cheeses Manufactured at Juniata County Dairy


Harrisburg, PA - Consumers who purchased certain batches of Apple Tree Goat Dairy goat milk cheeses should discard the cheese or contact the manufacturer.

Routine samples of cheese taken at the goat dairy by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture on August 29, 2016, tested positive for the bacteria Listeria Monocytogenes. Currently, no illnesses have been reported that could be associated with the cheeses.

The cheeses are labeled with Apple Tree Goat Dairy, its address, 129 N. Nenix Rd., Richfield, PA 17086, as well as a lot number. These Apple Tree Goat Dairy cheese lots should be discarded:

  • Pasteurized Chevre – lot number 816
  • Pasteurized French Herb Chevre – lot number 736
  • Raw 60 Day Aged Feta Cheese – lot number 836
  • Raw 60 Day Aged Gouda – lot number 426

Other products and batches of cheese from Apple Tree Goat Dairy are not affected by the recall.

Apple Tree Goat Dairy sells its cheeses at a farmers market in Doylestown, Bucks County, on Saturdays. The cheese is also distributed throughout other areas of Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Virginia and Washington D.C.

Signs and symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes include: Fever, muscle aches, and nausea or diarrhea. Pregnant women may have mild flu-like illness, and infection can lead to premature delivery or stillbirth. The elderly or immunocompromised patients may develop bacteremia or meningitis.

Any person who consumed a product from one of the affected lots and has symptoms should consult their physician, visit their local state health center or call 877-PA HEALTH (724-3258).

For more information about food safety, visit For more information on Listeria and the Listeriosis it can cause, visit and search “Listeria”.

MEDIA CONTACT: Will Nichols - 717.787.5085

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