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Some Cream Cheese Tainted, FDA Warns

Nation IN BRIEF : WASHINGTON, D.C.

September 10, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Americans should not eat a type of imported cream cheese that has been linked to one death and at least three cases of botulism in Italy, the Food and Drug Administration warned. Imported mascarpone cream cheese sold under the Giglio, Parmalat and Sol di Valle brand names may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes botulism--even if the cheese doesn't look or smell spoiled, the FDA said. The products are commonly found in tiramisu, an Italian dessert, and other gourmet foods made with very soft cream cheese. The Italian Ministry of Health notified the FDA that these brands have been recalled in Italy after having been linked to botulism there.

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