Staphylococcus Aureus in Queso Cotija Cheese
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What’s the problem?
August 17, 2010 – Earlier this month, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker warned consumers in the Queens County, New York area not to consume certain “Queso Cotija Cheese” made by Mexicali Cheese Corp due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination.
The recalled grated Cotija style cheese is contained in 14-ounce clear plastic packages with a plant code of #36-0128 and with “SELL BY 102910” affixed to the package. The manufacturer name presented on the package is Mexicali Cheese Corp. The product was distributed in Queens.
A routine sample of the cheese, taken by an inspector from the Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on July 28, 2010, was subsequently tested by the Department’s Food Laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with high levels of Staphylococcus aureus. On August 3, 2010, the manufacturer was notified of the positive test result and recalled the product.
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