FDA suspends cheese manufacturer’s registration

| March 13, 2014

hispanic cheeseThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it has suspended the food facility registration of Roos Foods Inc., of Kenton, Delaware, because of a potentially serious health risk to consumers. Unregistered businesses are not permitted to distribute food products.

The suspension follows an FDA inspection at the company’s manufacturing facility carried out as part of the investigation into an outbreak of listeriosis linked to Hispanic-style cheeses produced there. The inspectors found insanitary conditions at the facility, including a leaking roof, standing water on the floor in production areas, food residues on supposedly clean equipment and uncapped milk storage tanks and piping.

In addition, environmental samples from the facility tested positive for the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes. These included swabs taken from the cheese processing room and equipment. The results confirm the link between Roos Foods cheeses and the outbreak, which has affected eight people in Maryland and California and has resulted in one death.

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