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Global Garlic recalls a cheese product on listeria concerns

Global Garlic became the second Miami-based company this week to recall 227 pounds of a brand of cheese allegedly made in Central America over listeria concerns.

Global Garlic said Thursday the Florida Department of Agriculture found listeria in the finished product. It’s original recall notice stated

De Mi Pais Queso Fresco/Whole Milk Cheese sold in 16-ounce plastic bags and with a Sept. 19, 2017, expiration date went only to Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Fairdale, Kentucky. But Tatyana Aleman, who handles accounts payable for Global Garlic, said the state told the company a sampling of the cheese had listeria.

Aleman said Global Garlic buys the cheese, which the packaging says is imported from Nicaragua, from Doral’s Unik Foods. Whether the listeria got into the cheese at Global’s repackaging facility or while at Unik Foods remains under investigation, Aleman claimed.

Unik Foods manager Mauricio Lavie said they’ve been cleared by the Department of Agriculture.

Miami Gardens’ La Nica Products recalled Quesos De La Costa Queso Duro Blando, made in El Salvador, after the Florida Department of Agriculture found listeria in the finished product.

Any consumers with questions can call Global Garlic at 305-545-6305 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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