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Italian Cheese Recall in Calif.

In a nutshell: Italian cheese may have food poisoning; the cheese was distributed in northern and southern Calif.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — June 23, 2008 — Fresca Italia of Brisbane, Calif. 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.

Healthy people 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 San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California retail stores and restaurants.

This product weighs approximately 8.8 oz 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 Italian cheese 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.

If you have any Caseificio Voglie di Latte Burrata with an expiration of 24/5/2008 please return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 415-468-9800

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