April 28, 2010: Contaminated Cheese Leads To Arrests

April 28th, 2010

The operators of a Miami based company known as The Lacteos Factory, were arrested on April 23, 2010, by ICE and FDA special agents and the Miami-Dade police and charged with introducing adulterated food products into interstate commerce.  The charges against the two individuals were brought under the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act and anti-smuggling statutes.

The adulterated food product in this case referred to four shipments of cheese, imported from Nicaragua between December 2009 and March 2010.   Testing performed by FDA laboratories revealed that three of the four shipments were contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Staphylococcus aureus, and that the fourth shipment had not been pasteurized.

The complaint alleges that all four chesse shipments, totaling more than 170,000 pounds with a declared value of more than $322,000, were refused entry into commerce and ordered destroyed or re-exported.  However, an investigation prior to the arrests revealed that three of the shipments of cheese had been sold to over thirty customers.

The United States Attorney’s Office press release can be read by clicking on Contaminated Cheese Arrests.

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