Michigan company voluntarily recalls cheese products

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S. Serra Cheese Company, Clinton Township, Mich., is voluntarily recalling its Fresh Ricotta, Fresh Mozzarella, Mozzarella Block, and Provolone Stick cheeses manufactured on Aug. 1 because they have the potential to be contaminated by bata-lactam antibiotic residues.

State officials discovered the problem during an investigation of a complaint regarding a milk supplier who failed to provide proper documentation of Drug Residue Screening testing of raw milk.

The company’s president says it is unlikely the milk was tainted. But because there is no way to prove the milk is safe, the company and state officials are erring on the side of safety.

The recalled Fresh Ricotta, Fresh Mozzarella, Mozzarella Block, and Provolone Stick cheeses were sold to bakeries, delis, and restaurants in greater Detroit and the Grand Rapids areas of Michigan.

Specific products affected by this recall include: Fresh Ricotta, sold in 9-pound plastic containers with a 'use by' date of Aug. 11, 2011; Fresh Mozzarella, sold in 5-pound plastic containers, with a 'use by' date of Aug. 19, 2011; Mozzarella Blocks, sold in 6-pound blocks, with a 'use by' date of Feb. 1, 2012; and Provolone Sticks, sold in 4-pound sticks, with a 'use by' date of Feb. 1, 2012.

To date, neither the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) nor the company has received any reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products.

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