Monday, June 23, 2008

Fresca Italia, Inc., Expands Recall of Burrata Cheese Because of Possible Health Risk

Fresca Italia of Brisbane, CA is recalling Burrata, a type of cheese, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious 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 fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal, or diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

This product was distributed in the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California in retail stores and restaurants.

This product weighs approximately 8.8oz and is packaged in a white and green plastic wrapper with the manufacturer’s name, "Caseificio Voglie di Latte" and the product name "Burrata." ALL LOT CODES AND EXPIRATION DATES from this manufacturer are subject to recall. Previously, the only batch subject to the recall will be labeled with the expiration date of 24/5/2008. The following quantities were distributed:

  • 606 lbs with the Lot Code 24/5/2008
  • 661 lbs with the Lot Code 31/5/2008
  • 490 lbs with the Lot Code 07/06/2008

The recall is the result of survey sampling by the California Dept. of Food & Agriculture which revealed that the product in question contained the bacteria. Fresca Italia has immediately halted further distribution. This recall is an expansion of the previous recall initiated on May 30, 2008. Positive results for Listeria were found in other lots of the product by the Food and Drug Administration.

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