October 8, 2003
Triunfo Import Food Corp. Recalls
Queijo tipo Mineiro Cheese
Triunfo Import Food Corp. of Newark, N.J. is recalling one pound packages of
Queijo tipo Mineiro cheese because they have potential to be contaminated
with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and
sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and
others with impaired immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as
headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria
infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The recalled product was distributed in New Jersey and New York.
The cheese comes in one pound clear plastic packages with expiration dates
from September 24 through November 4.
No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the
presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a one pound package of Queijo tipo
The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company
continue to investigate the source of the problem.
Consumers who have purchased packages of Queijo tipo Mineiro are urged to
return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with
questions may contact the factory at 1-800-859-5196 or Triunfo Import Food
Corp. at 973-491-0399.