On May 20, 2011, the Atlanta Corporation, a food distributor based in NJ, issued a recall for its “Nazareth Classic” and Nazareth Light cheese products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria is a bacterium that can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection in young children, the elderly, and the immunocompromised. Infection with Listeria can lead to miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women. See Listeria Symptoms to learn more about Listeria infection and its complications.
The cheese is distributed in bulk, with 2 loafs totaling a weight of about 6-7 pounds per case. When sold to consumers, the product is cut into random weights.
The labels read Nazareth Classic and Nazareth Light “imported by Atlanta Corp. Affected lots are 5030008, 5030009, 11350044, 11350045, 11350046, 10840120 and are marked with expiration dates of 3/13/2011 through 7/29/2011.
The cheese was distributed in mostly North East retail stores, with less than 70 cases in total being sent out. The potential contamination was discovered during routine testing by the Belgium manufacturer of the product which revealed Listeria in the bulk.
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