Talbot Forest Cheese, Gibbston Valley Cheese, The Cuisine Canteen, Imperial Foods, Pams Finest, and Sabato brands of cheeses

24 July 2020: Specific cheese products from the Talbot Forest Cheese, Gibbston Valley Cheese, The Cuisine Canteen, Imperial Foods, Pams Finest, and Sabato brands are being recalled due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

 Logos for Talbot Forest cheese, Pams Finest cheese, the Cuisine Canteen cheese, Gibbston Valley cheese, Imperial Foods cheese

Product identification

Product type


Name of product (size)

Talbot Forest Cheese brand cheese products:

  • Aged Gouda (200g)
  • Castle Rock (150g)
  • Cheshire (150g)
  • Cumin Gouda (200g)
  • Cow Feta (150g)
  • Garlic & Chive Gouda (200g)
  • Geraldine Vintage Cheddar (150g)
  • Traditional Goat Feta (150g)
  • Goat Gouda (150g)
  • Gruyere (150g)
  • Creamy Havarti (150g)
  • Maasdam (150g)
  • Mesopotamia Blue (150g)
  • Mild Gouda (200g)
  • Mozzarella (250g)
  • Mt Peel Blue (150g)
  • Mt Somers Blue (150g)
  • Pepato (170g)
  • Peppered Havarti (150g)
  • Peppered Gouda (200g)
  • Raukapuka Red (150g)
  • Smokey Manuka (150g)
  • Waihi Blue (150g)
  • Wood Brie Blue (125g).

Gibbston Valley Cheese brand cheese products:

  • Kawarau Blue (140g)
  • Cow's Milk Feta (150g)
  • Garlic & Chive Gouda (150g)
  • Black Pepper Gouda (150g)
  • Gibbston Gold Cheshire (150g)
  • Smokey Gold Cheshire (150g)
  • Nevis Maasdam (150g)
  • Glenroy Cheddar (150g)
  • Mt Scott Harvati (150g)
  • Mozzarella (200g)
  • Sheep Milk New Balfour (120g)
  • Sheep Milk Brinza Feta (120g)
  • Goat Milk Gouda (150g)
  • Chilli Havarti (150g)
  • Wooden Artisan Gift Boxes, containing any of the above cheeses
  • Double Cheese, Wine and Beer matching gift boxes, containing:
    • Beer Match Cheeseboard Selection (240g) and
    • Wine Match Cheeseboard Selection (210g)
  • Wine Gift Boxes:
    • Red Wine Gift Boxes containing:
      • New Balfour
      • Pinot Soaked Aged Cheddar
      • Kawarau Blue
    • White Wine Gift Boxes containing:
      • Nevis Maasdam
      • Smokey Gold
      • New Balfour
  • Beer Match Cheeseboard Selection (240g) containing:
    • Black Pepper Gouda
    • Glenroy Cheddar
    • Smokey Gold Cheshire
  • Wine Match Cheeseboard Selection (210g) containing:
    • Nevis Maasdam
    • Mt Scott Harvati
    • Kawarau Blue.

The Cuisine Canteen brand cheese products:

  • Chilli Haloumi (200g)
  • Basil Haloumi (200g)
  • Cumin Gouda & Red Cheddar Cheese Duo (200g)
  • Chilli Gouda & Maasdam Cheese Duo (200g).

Imperial Foods brand cheese products:

  • Imperial Haloumi (1kg).

Pams Finest brand cheese products:

  • Traditional Haloumi (200g).

Sabato brand cheese products:

  • Vintage Cheddar (5YR) (various weights).

Batch and date marking

For Pams Finest brand Traditional Haloumi, The Cuisine Canteen brand Chilli Haloumi and Basil Haloumi, Imperial Foods brand Imperial Haloumi: Best before dates between and including 26/05/2020 and 08/10/2020.

For Sabato brand Vintage Cheddar (5YR): Best before: 01MAR21 and Batch: 040620.

For other products listed in this notice: Best before dates between and including 22/11/2020 and 06/04/2021.

Package size and description

The products are sold in various packagings, weights, and shapes.


Sabato brand Vintage Cheddar (5YR) is sold in Satato Auckland at 57 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, Auckland.

The Gift boxes from Gibbston Valley Cheese are sold in Gibbston Valley Cheese at:

Other products listed in this notice are sold in supermarkets throughout New Zealand.

The products have not been exported.


This recall only affects the specific batches of these brands of cheeses listed on this notice.

No other products from these brands are affected by this recall.

Consumer advice

It is important for consumers to check the product names and best before dates as not all products are affected.

Affected products should not be consumed. There have been no reports of associated illness, however if you have consumed any of these products and have any concerns about illness, seek medical advice.

Customers should return the products to their retailer for a full refund.

More information is available in the media release

For more information about Listeria and prevention visit the Ministry of Health website.

Listeria – Ministry of Health

Information on Listeria and food safety from the Ministry for Primary Industries:

Who to contact

If you have questions, contact Talbot Forest Cheese:

  • Phone: 03 615 8652
  • Address: 29 King Street South, Temuka.
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