Delaware cheese manufacturer tied to Listeria outbreak fined $100K
A federal judge ordered Delaware-based Roos Foods Inc.—a manufacturer of ready-to-eat cheeses—to pay $100,000 for its role as the source of a 2014 Listeria outbreak, according to the Associated Press.
In January the company pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of violating the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Roos Foods, Inc. and its owners entered into a civil agreement, barring the distribution of any more products unless FDA confirms its operations are incompliance with all federal and food safety regulations.
The company, which manufactures ready-to-eat cheeses such as ricotta, queso fresco and fresh cheese curd, was linked to an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes that sickened eight people in 2013. Seven people were hospitalized. FDA suspended Roos Foods, Inc.’s facility registration in March 2014, which stopped operations and barred the company from introducing food into interstate commerce. The agency’s order of suspension details sanitation problems and cited findings of L. mono contamination in multiple places in the facility.