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Wisconsin: Cheese Seized, Rat Infestation, Food Safety

Hey, all you cheese heads, what’s going on in Wisconsin?

From the FDA press release

United States requests seizure of adulterated cheese products at Wisconsin company; FDA cites rodent infestation

The United States Attorney’s Office, at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, filed a verified complaint on May 13, 2011, requesting that the U.S. Marshals seize cheese products distributed by Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin Inc., after FDA inspections found evidence of rodent infestation.  The U.S. District Court unsealed the case today, and documents show that the U.S. Marshals seized certain cheese products at the facility on May 17, and May 18, 2011.

Brunkow Cheese, based in Darlington, Wis., manufactures, packs, labels, and distributes cheese products. The products, according to the verified complaint filed, are adulterated within the scope of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).

The verified complaint alleges that in February 2011, FDA conducted a comprehensive inspection of the company that revealed evidence of rodent activity. A follow-up inspection in late April 2011, found that the company had taken corrective action to remedy many of the February violations, but had not resolved the rodent contamination problem.

The FFDCA governs the safety and accurate labeling of $1 trillion worth of products annually, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, cosmetics, medical devices, blood and tissue products, and the nation’s entire food supply except for meat and poultry.

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