December 2, 2002
Schratter Foods Has Recalled Imported
Pinna Ricotta Salata Cheese
The Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) said that Schratter Foods has recalled 6,702 pounds of
PINNA brand Ricotta Salata cheese sold in the United States as bulk cheese
and consumer size pre-cut pieces at retail stores with the codes identified
below. The product is being recalled due to possible health risk.
has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, 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 infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant
All consumer precut cheese with the following sell-by dates from January 4,
2003 through February 20, 2003 (inclusive) are affected. (The date is
stamped on the outer plastic wrapper of each piece of cheese).
Product packed as bulk is coded on the outer shipping carton as: "PD
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recall was prompted as a result of routine sampling program by the
Georgia Department of Agriculture, Consumer Protection Division.
The company has ceased distribution of the product as FDA and company
officials continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Anyone in possession of the affected product is urged to return it to the
place of purchase for a full refund.
Any questions regarding the product recall may be directed to its United
States distributor, Schratter Foods Inc., at 201-641-6851.