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Petaluma dairy recalls cheese under state quarantine order

Cheese made by Andante Dairy in Petaluma is the subject of a recall and quarantine order announced Tuesday by the state Department of Food and Agriculture.

The recalled cheeses were sold in sizes from five to eight ounces, with no code date or variety information on the packages.

The cheeses were sold mainly to retail markets, restaurants and cheese shops in California, with limited distribution in Chicago and New York.

A lack of proper pasteurization could have allowed harmful pathogens to survive in the products, the CDFA warned. No illnesses have been reported, and the processor is cooperating with the recall, the state agency said.

Cheesemaker Soyoung Scanlan said the state inspector essentially asked her to create laboratory codes on each package "like a larger factory practice."

"If that is what they are looking for, and I have been in this business for 14 years, I just consider this a good lesson," Scanlan said.

Three varieties of Andante Dairy cheese — Musette, Tomme Dolce and Etude — are exempt from the quarantine. Consumers are urged to discard any other varieties from the company.


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