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Staphylococcus Aureus In Quesito Colombiano, Colombian Style Cheese

Published on Saturday, 28 July 2012 12:19

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Staphylococcus Aureus In Quesito Colombiano, Colombian Style Cheese

 

Contact:
Media:
Commissioner’s Office
518-457-3136

Consumer:
Productos Tita Corp. 
718-381-4393
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 27, 2012 - New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine today warned consumers in the Metropolitan New York area not to consume “Quesito Colombiano, Colombian style Cheese” made by Productos Tita Corp., 70-06 88th  Street, Glendale, New York 11385 due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination.

The recalled Colombian style cheese under the Brand name “Tita” is contained in 8oz. clear plastic pouches or tubs with a plant code of #36-8440 and with a stamped code of “AUG 10 2012” stamped beneath the label bar code. The product was distributed in the Metropolitan New York area.

A routine sample of the cheese, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on July 25, 2012, was subsequently tested by the Department’s Food Laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with high levels of Staphylococcus aureus.  On July 28, 2012, the manufacturer was notified of the positive test result and voluntarily recalled the product.

Staphylococcus aureus is a bacteria that usually causes rapid food poisoning symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping and prostration.  In more severe cases, headache, muscle cramping and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse may occur.  Recovery generally takes two days.  All people are susceptible and death is very rare, however such cases have occurred among the elderly, infants and severely debilitated persons.

To date, no illnesses are known by the Department to be associated with this product.  Consumers who have purchased “Quesito Colombiano Colombian style Cheese” made by Productos Tita Corp. should return the product to the place of purchase or discard. Consumers with questions may contact Productos Tita Corp. directly at 718-381-4393.

 

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