Contributed by Karin Desveaux-Potters, Gastronomy Cluster, Economic Development Office, Prince Edward County

In an ideal world, everything always goes according to plan and nothing ever goes wrong. Unfortunately, we don’t live in that world, and often the best we can do is to respond to unfortunate situations that arise swiftly and responsibly with tact and grace.

This is exactly how Petra Kassun-Mutch, founder of the Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Company reacted when she discovered that very low levels of Listeria had been discovered in her state-of -the-art dairy in Cressy, Prince Edward County.

Often cited within the artisan cheese industry as an example of exemplary food safety protocols, the Fifth Town team has been able to work closely with inspection agencies in an efficient, highly professional way to rectify the problem as quickly as possible.

Petra’s messaging has been transparent and timely, providing the public with extensive information.

For all information and any updates, visit or call the dairy directly at 613.476.5755. In the meantime, the only cheese that has been affected and recalled is Rose Haus; all other Fifth Town cheese remain safe and a pleasure to eat.

If you would like to invest in gastronomy in Prince Edward County, please contact me at 613.476.2148 x344 or email