Recall of Ricotta Salata Frescolina Brand for Possible Health Risk
Frescolina ricotta salata cheese has been tied to an outbreak of listeria that has hospitalized 14 people and killed 3 across the country.
Deaths were reported in Minnesota, Nebraska and New York.
Forever Cheese Inc. is recalling all Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand, Forever Cheese lot # T9425 and/or production code 441202, from one specific production date due to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contamination, 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.
Ricotta salata is a salty white cheese made from pasteurized sheep’s milk. It is often served crumbed or grated as an ingredient in salads, pastas and other dishes. It is not the same as ricotta cheese, a very soft cheese sold in plastic tubs and used for dishes such as lasagna.
If you believe that you have purchased any of this cheese please contact your distributor or retailer for a full refund and do not consume it.
For more details, click here [ http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm318844.htm?source=govdelivery ]