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Cheese Imported from Holland Recalled

Cheese Imported from Holland Recalled

Posted - Jul. 30, 2004 at 3:38 p.m.



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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A brand of goat cheese imported from Holland is being recalled because it doesn't list an ingredient made from egg whites, posing a risk of serious reactions if eaten by people allergic to eggs.

Recalled is Cablanca goat cheese, sold from January through May in New Jersey, Georgia, California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Colorado, Minnesota and Florida. It was distributed in bulk 9-pound wheels but sold in retail stores in 7- to 9-ounce portions.

The cheese was recalled because it contains the protein lysozyme made from egg whites, but that ingredient was not listed on the original label.

The New Jersey-based importer, Jana Foods, told distributors and retailers of the problem on June 1, issuing them new labels to put on any unsold supplies.

But Friday, the Food and Drug Administration ordered the public to be notified, too, because consumers may still have wrongly labeled supplies in their refrigerators.

The FDA said almost 22,000 pounds of mislabeled cheese were imported; Jana Foods said most had been sold by June 1. The company said it has received no reports of allergic reactions.

Consumers allergic to eggs should not eat the recalled cheese but return it to the place of purchase for a refund, and may contact Jana Foods at 1-201-866-1304 with questions.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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