Staph Outbreak Prompts Recall of Rolf’s Patisserie Desserts

Rolf’s Patisserie is recalling all desserts it made after November 1 and notes that baked goods and pastries may be repackaged, sold under other labels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

Rolf’s Patisserie is a gourmet European style bakery located in Lincolnwood, Illinois and is recalling all desserts made after November 1, 2010, including tiramisu, cakes, cobblers, decorated cookies, tarts, pastries, and pies because the recalled Rolf’s Patisserie desserts have been connected to several outbreaks of <"">Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) food poisoning. Rolf’s Patisserie sells the desserts in both retail and wholesale markets, as well as online and to institutions and, because of this, the products may not carry a Rolf’s Patisserie label.

A food item contaminated with S. aureus, the bacterium responsible for producing toxins in foods, can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The illness usually lasts for one to two days, although severe cases may last as long as three days and certain individuals, such as the elderly or very young, may require medical treatment for dehydration.

Consumers should not eat the desserts and should dispose of them in a sealed container so that people and animals, including wild animals, cannot get access to and eat them.

A total of 100 cases of illness have been reported from four separate events in November and December. Three of the events occurred in Illinois and resulted in 30 illnesses; 70 illnesses have been reported from a single event in Wisconsin.

A food item contaminated with S. aureus, the bacterium responsible for producing toxins in foods, can cause gastrointestinal illness that usually begins one-to-six hours after eating contaminated food. The most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, headache, muscle cramping, and temporary changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur. The illness is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days. In a small minority of patients the illness may be more severe. In these cases, some people, especially the very young and old, may require medical treatment for dehydration from vomiting and/or diarrhea.

For additional details on staphylococcal food poisoning can be accessed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web page the S. aureus page.

Rolf’s Patisserie is contacting retailers and restaurants to remove and discard these products from their shelves. The FDA is working with the CDC and the State of Illinois and Cook County departments of public health to investigate the situation. Rolf’s Patisserie has ceased production and distribution.

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