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Updated 6/24/15 9:16am by Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery
June 19, 2015
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REDWOOD HILL FARM & CREAMERY, INC. RECALLS 3LB RAW GOAT MILK FETA IN BRINE DUE TO POSSIBLE HEALTH RISK
June 19, 2015 – Sebastopol, CA – Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc. is voluntarily recalling its 3lb Raw Goat Milk Feta in Brine buckets, with lot code #14000610, out of an abundance of caution concerning test results indicating the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The product comes in a white plastic bucket marked with a white lot code sticker on the top, reading lot code #14000610. Two buckets are shipped per case in a brown cardboard box with the brand sticker on the side and lot code sticker on the top (see picture below).
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery is not aware of any illness complaints to date in connection with this notice and lot code #14000610. The recalled product is 3lb Raw Goat Milk Feta in Brine buckets – no other products are included in this recall. This product is a wholesale item and was sold to three distributors in Northern California.
While this product is a wholesale item sold by Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, three store locations in Marin and San Francisco Counties (only) have purchased and re-packed this feta in clear, deli-style containers. The containers may be labeled Raw Goat Milk Feta – Redwood Hill on the store’s own labels and dated between April 28th and June 18th, 2015.
The three store locations are:
- Cowgirl Creamery – Ferry Building, San Francisco
- Good Earth Natural Foods, Fairfax
- Bom Dia, San Francisco
This voluntary recall has been initiated due to test results indicating the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery has notified its distributors and is taking this voluntary action as a precautionary measure. We are cooperating fully with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as with the California Departments of Food & Agriculture.
Consumers who purchased any of the product at the stores identified above are urged to dispose of them or return them to the store for a full refund. Consumers may also contact Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery at 707-823-8250 (Monday – Friday 9am-5pm PDT) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
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We’d like to wish our customers,
friends and colleagues all the best in 2015.
Thanks for being part of our fun and success in 2014. From our annual Spring Farm Tours to all the community and national events we shared with you,
it was a great year.
Please visit us online often in the upcoming year for the latest news from our farm and creamery. Also, if you haven’t already, we invite you to join our “Goat Club” by signing up for the Redwood Hill Farm newsletter and be the very first to receive special recipes, images, and promotions all year long…enjoy!
Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt was chosen as 2014 FOODIE AWARD WINNER runner-up by Vegetarian Times Magazine editors and readers.
We are proud to share the exciting news that Redwood Hill Farm Plain Yogurt was selected as a runner-up of VEGETARIAN TIMES (VT) Magazine’s 6th Annual Foodie Awards, which were announced in the October 2014 issue now available on newsstands. VT editors nominated 100 of their favorite products in 25 categories, covering all sorts of eating situations from breakfast, lunch and dinner to snacks and treats.
Readers were asked to vote for their favorite products at vegetariantimes.com, where nearly 5,000 votes were cast. Redwood Hill Farm Plain Goat Yogurt was a runner-up in the “plain yogurt” breakfast category.
Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery’s Bucheret Goat Cheese and Plain Goat Milk Kefir Win at 2014 American Cheese Society Competition
We are honored to announce that our Bucheret Goat Milk Cheese and our Plain Goat Milk Kefir won second place at this year’s prestigious American Cheese Society’s Judging and Competition in Sacramento. Bucheret placed second in the Goat’s Milk Cheese Aged 31-60 Days category and the Plain Goat Milk Kefir placed second in the “All Milks” Kefir, Drinkable Yogurt, Buttermilk and Other Drinkable Cultured Products category, amid nearly 1,700 entries from 248 companies in the overall competition.
Jennifer will be honored at the 42nd Annual Ag-BBQ
We’re so happy to share that the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce recently announced Redwood Hill Farm owner and CEO Jennifer Bice will receive the Leadership in Agriculture award at this year’s Agri-Business BBQ on July 29th! The 42nd Annual Agri-Business BBQ honoring the diverse and pivotal role of the agriculture community in shaping the quality of life here in Sonoma County, will take place at Shone Farm, Santa Rosa Junior College’s 365-acre outdoor learning laboratory. Select HERE for more details on the awards event in July.
In 1978, Jennifer Lynn Bice assumed ownership of Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc., the family farm and Grade A goat dairy the Bice family started in Sonoma County in 1968, and never looked back. Along with her late husband, Steven Schack, Jennifer expanded the business to produce a greater variety of goat milk products, and diversified the dairy goat-breeding program.
Today Redwood Hill Farm is owned and operated by Jennifer, along with five of her siblings that worked to establish Redwood Hill Farm in the 1960’s. In addition, more than 50 dedicated employees now run the day-to-day operations at the Certified Humane® farm and state-of-the-art organic creamery in Sebastopol. Promoting the benefits of goat milk products and developing a genetics program of excellence for the Redwood Hill Farm herd remain her top priorities, and this commitment has positioned Redwood Hill Farm at the forefront of the dairy goat industry.
Calling all grocery shoppers…
Vegetarian Times editors need your help: for this year’s Foodie Awards, they selected 100 must-have veg products for all sorts of eating situations—from breakfast to lunch to a tasty evening treat. Now they wanna know YOUR favorites.
Drum roll please… Redwood Hill Farm Goat Yogurt is nominated for a Foodie Award this year! You can vote up to once a day in any or all categories from now until May 31, then look out for the winners in their October issue. Just by voting, you could win a $500 American Express gift card!
CLICK HERE and vote for your favorite Goat Milk Yogurt in Vegetarian Times’s 2014 Foodie Awards!
Real Simple Magazine editors name Redwood Hill Farm Goat Milk Yogurt winner in its national Yogurt Road Test
The choice of yogurts can be overwhelming for consumers, so the editors of Real Simple Magazine took it upon themselves to find the “cream of the crop.” In the “Traditional” category, Redwood Hill Farm was named head of the herd as “Best Goat
Milk Yogurt.” Its sister brand, Green Valley Organics received “Best Lactose Free Yogurt” honors.
“We are honored and thrilled that the Real Simple editors chose both of our yogurt brands as winners in their yogurt road test,” said Jennifer Bice, owner, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery. “We take great pride in how are products are made and the ingredients we use. All of our products are made at our solar powered, Green Business certified creamery using only the highest quality milk from goats and cows raised on Certified Humane farms. We keep our ingredient list short and, well, simple.”
Read the entire PRESS RELEASE here.
Welcome, Rich Martin!
We’re excited to introduce our new Director of Marketing, Rich Martin. Rich’s experience in the local organic dairy industry will be invaluable to our Redwood Hill Farm and Green Valley Organics brands. Rich and his wife Jennifer are long-time residents of Petaluma, where they live with their two sons and daughter. Rich has long respected Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, and is excited about developing new products for both our brands.
If you have new product ideas, Rich would love to hear them! Please send them on to us at email@example.com. You can read Rich’s full bio at our STAFF PAGE.
How about Redwood Hill Farm Chèvre and Poppin’ Berry Fruity Pebbles!™
The “Perfect Bite” at the first West Coast Cheesemonger Invitational (CMI) held January 19 at Public Works in San Francisco, was an unlikely, but delicious combination of flavors and texture that just worked. “The Perpetual Goatstopper” was the creation of Cheesemonger Perry Soulos of Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, VA, who paired award-winning chévre from Redwood Hill Farm with grapes, candied ginger and Poppin’ Berry Pebbles™ breakfast cereal to create his unique, eye-catchingly delicious perfect bite. Soulos went on to win the entire competition and was awarded $1,000, immeasurable glory and an all expenses paid trip to the Vermont Cheesemakers Festival this summer along with top two finalists in Zach Berg of Bi-Rite Market in San Francisco and Nate McElroy of Bedford Cheese Shop New York.
At Redwood Hill Farm we’re reducers, reusers, recyclers… and composters!
With a bit of time, kitchen scraps, plant clippings, and straw & hay from the barns turns into what we love to call “black gold”! It’s part of our ongoing commitment to the environment of our community, and our constant striving to be as “green” as we possibly can.
This commitment has enabled us to recently receive certification and recognition as a Sonoma County Green Business, and the news on our Green Business Certification was the lead news item in The Press Democrat’s Agriculture Briefs , Sunday December 15.
The Sonoma Green Business Program (www.sonoma-county.org/sonomagreen) is a partnership of government agencies and utilities that assists, recognizes, and promotes local organizations, focusing on small to medium-sized consumer-oriented businesses who voluntarily operate in environmentally responsible ways. Certified participants must be in compliance with all environmental regulations and meet program standards for conserving resources, preventing pollution and minimizing waste. Select here to download more about our new certification.