Small Cheesemaker Defies FDA Over Recall, New York Times, November 18, 2010
The FDA found listeria in some of Ms. Estrella's cheese. They found listeria throughout the building where she makes it. Ms. Estrella "did a vigorous cleaning and renovation." FDA found listeria in her cheese and facility after the cleaning.
Listeria can be deadly for those with compromised immune systems, the very young and the elderly. Pregnant women are about 20 times more likely to become infected with listeria than are other healthy adults. Infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or permanent disability in the newborn.
The FDA asked Ms. Estrella to recall her cheese. She declined. (The FDA does not have the authority to recall.)
What do you think? Should Ms. Estrella continue to sell her cheese? Should society prevent Ms. Estrella from selling her cheese? Should Ms. Estrella's farm and food product be inspected for pathogens at all?
Should Ms. Estrella be prevented from selling her cheese?