Forever Cheese Recalls Imported Mitica Brand Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves For Possible Health Risk

Forever Cheese Recalls Imported Mitica Brand Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves For Possible Health Risk

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Forever Cheese Recalls Imported Mitica Brand Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves For Possible Health Risk

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2016
Contact
Consumers
Sarah Weisensel
Forever Cheese Inc.
1-888-930-8693

Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, NY, is recalling 40 cases of Mitica brand Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves (Pecorino Foglie di Noci) from one specific production code because it has the potential to be contaminated withListeria 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 infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The imported Mitica brand Pecorino Aged in Walnut Leaves was shipped to distributors between January 27th and February 3, 2016. The imported cheese was further sold to retailers and restaurants located in Los Angeles, California, Cleveland, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New York, Colorado, Vermont, Virginia, Florida and Connecticut.
The cheese in question, Mitica brand Pecorino Aged in Walnut Leaves, is from one production code NOC15313 (found on shipping case only) and invoiced asLot X2537 which the retailer or distributor would be familiar with. Each shipping case contains 2 wheels of varying weights; each wheel weighs a minimum of 2 lbs. The Mitica brand Pecorino Aged in Walnut Leaves cheese has a natural grayish rind, and will be labeled at the point of sale at the retail level or on a restaurant menu.
There have been no reported illnesses related to this potential contamination to date.
The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by Forever Cheese which revealed that the imported cheese tested positive for the bacteria. The company has ceased distribution of the affected lot as the FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Each and every distributor and retailer has been contacted in an effort to recall any and all remaining product in the marketplace. Consumers should not consume the imported Mitica brand Pecorino Aged in Walnut Leaves cheese listed above. Consumers that believe they have purchased the affected Mitica brand Pecorino Aged in Walnut Leaves cheese should contact the retailer or the company for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Sarah Weisensel at Forever Cheese at 1-888-930-8693, Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm EST.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm486414.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.