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Sparta, NJ 07871

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Category Press Release
Publish Date 11/30/2017
Author Joseph Frasca
Title Cheese Recall Announced After Bacteria Contamination Discovered
Introduction MPL Laboratories provides testing services for microbial contaminants in foods, cosmetics, consumer products and pharmaceuticals.

Sparta, NJ, November 7th, 2017

Last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about a company out of Milford, New York that announced a recall of some of their cheese products. In all, three different products are part of the recall taking place with retailers across the state of New York.

The recall was initiated due to microbial contamination concerns after testing conducted by both the New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets (NYSDAM) and the food manufacturer found product positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Fortunately, at the time of the recall notice there had been no reports of illness. This was welcome news since exposure to Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious health issues and even death in some circumstances. Had anyone become ill, the groups generally recognized as being most at risk include pregnant women, seniors and people with a weakened immune system. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that at least 90% of people who get Listeria infections are in a high risk group.

Helping to prevent contaminated foods, cosmetics, consumer products and pharmaceuticals from reaching the public are the scientists at MPL Laboratories.  They offer advanced microbial testing to identify Listeria and other pathogens and contaminants. These testing services are also instrumental for evaluating cleaning and disinfection procedures at food processing and other types of production and manufacturing facilities. 

In the event that an outbreak has already occurred, testing can facilitate the process of quickly pinpointing its source to prevent further product contamination and infections. These services not only protect the public from exposure risks, they are also vital to prevent costly product recalls, damaging public relations and the expensive legal fees that companies involved with manufacturing and distributing contaminated products may encounter.

To learn more about this or other food, cosmetic, personal care product or pharmaceutical testing services provided by MPL Laboratories, please visit, call (800) 548-1874 or email

About MPL Laboratories

MPL Laboratories (formerly Marypaul Laboratories) was founded in 1985 as a full service microbiology laboratory. It is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited by PJLA, FDA and DEA registered, and NJDEP certified. MPL’s staff includes a PhD Diplomat of the American Board of Toxicology, M.S. and B.S. degreed microbiologists, and other dedicated scientists. The microbiology testing laboratory serves the pharmaceutical, medical device, cosmetic, personal care and food industries. MPL aims to provide its clients with high quality, reliable test data in a timely manner. The laboratory is part of the EMSL Analytical network of over 40 laboratories across the United States and Canada.


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