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Four Indicted After They Allegedly Washed and Resold Moldy Cheese in 2007 Scheme

In Enforcement on April 23, 2012 at 1:28 am

This one makes you shake your head and ask why?


Four people were indicted this week on charges they washed and repackaged moldy, bacteria-laden Mexican cheese and distributed it nationally through a facility in Elmhurst, according to a press release from the Northern Illinois District of the U.S. Department of Justice.

The four allegedly ignored U.S. Food and Drug Administration orders in 2007 to hold the cheese after inspections determined that samples contained salmonella, e. coli and other dangerous bacteria.


According to the six-count indictment handed down on Wednesday, the Illinois company shipped 110,986 pounds of dried Mexican cheese to the Elmhurst facility over three consecutive months. The cheese was distributed to retail stores in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia and Texas under the brand name Queso Cincho DeGuerrero. It was sold in 35- and 40-pound wheels.

On April 15, 2007, the FDA placed a hold on the first shipment, and on April 20, 2007, an FDA inspector attempted to inspect and sample the shipment at the Elmhurst facility but found that some of the cheese was missing. Leal and Gutierrez allegedly distributed 311 cartons of cheese from the April shipment prior to the April 20 inspection.


Read more here.

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