4 accused of distributing contaminated cheese

CHICAGO (AP) -- Four people are accused of ignoring U.S. Food and Drug Administration orders and distributing more than 110,000 pounds of contaminated cheese. Some of it contained salmonella, E. coli and other potentially harmful bacteria.

The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago says the suspects even scraped mold and fungus off 35- and 40-pound wheels of the Mexican cheese that unhappy customers had returned so they could be resold. Prosecutors announced the indictments Thursday.

They say there's no evidence anyone became ill eating the cheese.

A Wisconsin company distributing the cheese under the brand Queso Cincho De Guerrero to Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia and Texas issued a recall in 2007.

To cover up the distribution, the defendants allegedly sent false documentation to the FDA. They're charged with violating food safety laws.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by anonymous in america on Apr 23, 2012 at 07:39 PM
    Hmmm.. Mexican cheese. Probably another factory with all those illegal immigrants- none of them care what any food looks like. All they care about is earning the American $ to send back to Mexico.
  • by Ken Location: Gilman on Apr 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
    Mexican cheese is often made in the US. I just worked building s Mexican cheese factory in California.
  • by Eau Really Location: Former EC on Apr 20, 2012 at 08:46 AM
    What's with the other upper mid-west states buying cheese from Mexico... Way to support America.
  • by Ken Location: Gilman on Apr 20, 2012 at 08:25 AM
    That is terrible. People risk not only the safety of consumers but also the reputation of the industry when they do things like this.
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