May Have Been Improperly Pasteurized
A Glendale cheese maker is voluntarily recalling its products due to improper pasteurization, state Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine announced.
Productos Tita Corp. (the trade name of Tita Products), at 70-10 88th St. in Glendale, is recalling fresh cheese products that were sold in plastic pouches or rectangular clear plastic tubs and marketed under the brand name “Tita.”
The package labels bear the plant code 36-8440. The products also possess a stamped ink date code beneath the label bar code. The recall applies to all date codes of these products found in the marketplace.
The recalled products were labeled
“Quesito Colombiano Columbian Cheese” and sold in the metropolitan area.
Proper pasteurization heats milk in order to effectively eliminate all pathogenic bacteria, such as listeria and salmonella.
The problem was detected by a state Department of Agriculture and Markets milk inspector during an inspection on Tuesday, July 17 when they found a failure to follow proper pasteurization procedures by the Productos Tita Corp. cheese plant. While the recalled products have not been found to be contaminated with any harmful pathogens, the company is voluntarily recalling all production date codes of this product, as a precautionary measure.
No illnesses have been reported to date to the state in connection with this problem. Consumers are warned not to use or consume the recalled product, even if it does not appear or smell spoiled. Those who have purchased any of the recalled products should return them to the place of purchase or discard them.
Consumers with questions may contact Productos Tita Corp directly at 1-718-381-4393.