FDA News and Information
Contact: Christine Podmanski
Eagle Distributers Inc. Recalls
"Mragowski Cheese" Because of Possible Health Risk
Chicago, IL - February 11, 1999 - Eagle
Distributors, Inc., Chicago, IL, is recalling 300 lbs of "Mragowski cheese"
because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an
organism which can cause serious and 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
Product was distributed in the following states:
Illinois, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Sold to retail food stores in the Polish
The cheese is sold wholesale in blocks
approximately 13 lbs in a red plastic wrapping. The label reads "Ser Mragowski
Pelnotlusty." It is sold at retail in chunks or sliced for sandwiches.
The recall was the result of a sampling program of
the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets which revealed that the
finished product contained the bacteria. Eagle Distributors has ceased the distribution of
Consumers who have purchased "Mragowski
cheese" are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers
with questions may contact the company at 773-775-5777.