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Recall -- State Press Release

Consumer Alert: "Don Chepe" Cheese Made From Unpasteurized Milk

Contact:
Jessica Chittenden
518-457-3136

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Bronx, New York -- August 17, 2005 -- State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today alerted consumers that Tanya Ivelisse Torres, DBA NY Dominican Cheese Factory, 693 Rhinelander Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 is recalling certain packaged cheese products because the cheese was made from unpasteurized milk and not properly aged. Unpasteurized milk may contain pathogens which can cause severe illness and in certain cases death.

The cheese is marketed under the brand name "Don Chepe" and two styles of cheese are involved in this recall: "Queso Blanco De Freir" and "Queso Amarillo De Freir."  The processing plant code "36-8588" appears on the label and the products are packaged in shrink wrapped plastic. Both products, regardless of date code, are involved in the recall.   The products are sold in the metropolitan New York area.

The packaged cheese is being recalled because it has been made from unpasteurized or raw milk and has not been properly aged.  Raw milk may contain pathogens and the consumption of raw milk products increases the risk of gastrointestinal illness due to the likelihood that it may contain infective doses of human pathogens.

The cheese products were distributed to customers in the New York City Metro Area.

No illnesses have been reported to the Department to date.

The recall was initiated after sampling by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Dairy Products Specialists and subsequent analysis by the Department's Food Laboratory personnel revealed that milk used to manufacture the cheese was not pasteurized.  An investigation discovered that the cheese was not properly aged according to Department dairy product safety regulations.

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