DOJ announces court injunction against Serra Cheese

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 5, 2016

DETROIT (Legal Newsline) – The Department of Justice announced that the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan entered an injunction against S. Serra Cheese Co. (Serra Cheese) to prevent the alleged distribution of adulterated cheese.

The department originally filed a complaint on Aug. 8, 2014, after a request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The department alleged that Serra Cheese’s products are made in insanitary manufacturing centers. Additionally, it alleged that the company’s procedures are inadequate to ensure the quality of safety of the products.

The court’s injunction comes after it ruled in October that Serra Cheese violated the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for distributing adulterated products.

“The Department of Justice is committed to preventing the unlawful distribution of adulterated food and enforcing laws designed to protect consumer health and safety,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will continue to work with the FDA to enforce laws designed to protect the American people from adulterated food.”

The injunction will force Serra Cheese to take steps to remedy the alleged issues. It must submit a plan to test its existing inventory for quality and then conduct ongoing tests of certain finished cheese products.

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