July 10, 2001BelGioioso Cheese (Wilmington,
CA) Recalls 300 Pounds of Fresh Mozzarella
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
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.
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