Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 17, 2015 02:04 ET

Food Recall Warning: St. Jorge and Queijo Sao Jorge Raw Milk Cheese Recalled Due to a Toxin Produced by Staphylococcus Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2015) - Product photos are available at http://bit.ly/1Lz5QAZ

Portuguese Cheese Co. Ltd. is recalling St. Jorge and Queijo São Jorge raw milk cheese from the marketplace because they may contain the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria. Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below.

The following products, imported from Portugal, have been sold in Ontario.

The Queijo São Jorge raw milk cheese may have been sold in smaller packages, cut and wrapped by some retailers. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased affected products should check with their retailer.

Recalled products

Brand Product Size UPC Codes
St. Jorge Raw Milk Cheese Variable Variable Lot #914
Queijo São Jorge Raw Milk Cheese Approximately 9-10 kg None AEE0215 (appears on case only)

What you should do

Check to see if you have recalled products in your home. Recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.

Food contaminated with Staphylococcus toxin may not look or smell spoiled. The toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria is not easily destroyed at normal cooking temperatures. Common symptoms of Staphylococcus poisoning are nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and fever. In severe cases of illness, headache, muscle cramping and changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur.

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Background

This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results. The CFIA is conducting a food safety investigation, which may lead to the recall of other products. If other high-risk products are recalled, the CFIA will notify the public through updated Food Recall Warnings.

The CFIA is verifying that industry is removing recalled products from the marketplace.

Illnesses

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

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Contact Information

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