Atalanta Corporation, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, has recalled its â€œNazareth Classicâ€ and â€œNazareth Lightâ€ cheeses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The recalled cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes.
Less than 70 cases of the defective â€œNazareth Classic and Nazareth Light Cheesesâ€ were distributed, mostly in retail stores located in the Northeast. Recall notices were sent to all retail outlets that received the potentially affected product.
The product comes in bulk in the form of two loaves, six-seven pounds per case. The product is usually sold at the retail level in random weight cuts. Labels read Nazareth Classic and Nazareth Light â€œimported by Atalanta Corp.â€ The affected lots are 5030008, 5030009, 11350044, 11350045, 11350046, and 10840120 and are marked with expiration dates of 3/13/2011 through 7/29/2011.
To date, the FDA says no illnesses have been reported in connection with the problem; however, the effects of poisoning with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, Listeria pathogen can take some time to manifest.
For susceptible populations, infection with theâ€¨Listeria pathogen can cause significant illnesses linked to the central nervous system, the developing fetus, and placenta. Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne Illness that infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500 each year.
Listeriosis symptoms include high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, abdominal cramps and pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women are 20 times likelier to be infected and Listeriosis can kill fetuses, can prompt premature births, can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and can prompt neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.
The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Belgium manufacturer revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the bulk.
All remaining inventory of the affected product has been quarantined and will be destroyed under FDA supervision. Consumers who have purchased wedge cuts of â€œNazareth Classic and Nazareth Lightâ€ cheese affected by this recall are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1.908.351.8000, Eastern Standard Time (EST) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.