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North Carolinia Dept. of Agriculture
Consumer Services
Food and Drug Protection Div.
Contact: Don Howell,  (919) 733-7366.

Pinna Ricotta Salata Cheese Recall Expanded

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Raliegh, NC (SafetyAlerts) - The May 25 recall of Pinna Ricotta Salata Cheese made with 100% sheep's milk has been expanded to cover additional production dates after tests revealed the presence of the potentially harmful bacteria Listeria monocytogenes in other lots.

"Once we found the initial contaminated product, we sampled additional lots to see if the contamination was more widespread," said Robert L. Gordon, director of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food and Drug Protection Division. "Our testing found contamination in additional lots of cheese. Consumers are advised not to eat the product labeled Pinna Ricotta Salata Cheese made with 100% sheep's milk, bearing the codes ‘Sell by Sep 04 99,' ‘Sell by Sep 15 99,' and ‘Sep 18 99.'"

In addition, company officials have elected to recall product bearing the code Aug 22 99.

The soft cheese is imported from Italy and distributed by Anco Foods, Fairfield, N.J. Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in small children, the elderly, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems. In healthy adults, the bacteria may cause a short-lived, flu-like illness.

"Our Department continues to work to identify any health risks to the residents of North Carolina and I am proud the Food and Drug Division initially discovered this contaminated cheese product and followed up by testing other samples," said Agriculture Commissioner Jim Graham. "This bacteria can be especially dangerous to people with weak immune systems and the recall should be taken seriously."

The Food and Drug Protection Division detected the initial contamination in a routine sample collected at a Harris Teeter store in Raleigh. Harris Teeter officials have been notified and have instructed all of their stores to remove all codes of this brand of cheese.

According to officials at Anco Foods, this product is distributed in other Eastern states. NCDA&CS officials are continuing their investigation to assure that all production lots included in the recall are removed from the market.

"No complaints or reports of illness have been reported," Gordon said. "However, we urge anyone who has purchased this product to discard it or return it to the place of purchase."


Contact: Joe Reardon, Food Compliance Supervisor, Food and Drug Protection Division, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at (919) 733-7366.


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