Processing Magazine

FDA takes action against New Jersey cheese manufacturer

January 5, 2010
In a press release statement, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced their intentions to ask a federal court to shut down a New Jersey cheese manufacturer with an alleged history of operating under unsanitary conditions and producing cheese contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint for permanent injunction against Quesos Mi Pueblito and two of its officers, Felix Sanchez and Jesus Galvez. The complaint alleges that recent inspections by the FDA and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services found Listeria-contaminated cheese and unsanitary conditions at the Passaic company. If entered by the court, the injunction would stop the company and its officers from manufacturing and distributing food until they can bring their operations into full compliance with FDA food safety regulations and produce cheese that does not test positive for the presence of Listeria. The complaint for permanent injunction was filed in the U.S. District Court - District of New Jersey.