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July 10, 2001

BelGioioso Cheese (Wilmington, CA) Recalls 300 Pounds of Fresh Mozzarella

Wilmington, CA -  BelGioioso Cheese, Inc. is recalling 300 pounds of its 8-ounce bags of Fresh Mozzarella packed in water because the product may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is 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.

The recalled bags were distributed in Southern California in retail stores.

The product comes in an 8-ounce, printed package marked with an expiration date of 7/16/01 printed on the package.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem, according to a company press release.

The contamination was noted after routine testing by the Food and Drug Administration revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. This recall is being conducted with the knowledge of FDA.

Consumers who have purchased 8-ounce bags of Fresh Mozzarella with a 7/16/01 code date are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-863-2123.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers July 10, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

 
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