brunkow.gifOn May 13, 2011, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, filed a complaint requesting that U.S. Marshals seize cheese products distributed by Brunkow Cheese of Wisconsin, Inc. Brunkow, a company based in Darlington, Wisconsin, manufactures, packs, labels, and distributes a variety of cheese products.

The complaint alleged that in February 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration performed an inspection of the company’s facility and found evidence of rodent activity. FDA conducted a follow up visit at the end of April 2011 and determined that Brunkow had not resolved the rodent contamination problem. The complaint further alleged that the products are adulterated within the meaning of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Today, FDA issued a press release stating that U.S. Marshals did, in fact, seize certain cheese products at the facility on May 17, and May 18, 2011.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), rodents can transmit diseases both directly and indirectly. Specifically, Salmonella bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of rodents and can be transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with rodent feces.

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Claire received her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law with a concentration in Energy and the Environment in May 2010. She received her B.A., majoring in English, from Villanova University, magna cum laude. During law school, Claire served as Articles Editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, was elected President of the Legal Emergency Aid Project and elected Treasurer of Hofstra Law Women. She is currently pursuing an LL.M. degree in Food and Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. In August 2010, Claire was selected as the recipient of the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship, part of a new public/private partnership that will allow the University of Arkansas School of Law to partner with leaders in the food and agricultural legal communities. Although she began the LL.M. Program in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Claire is now living in Seattle in order to devote more time to her work at Marler Clark and is completing her LL.M. degree through distance learning. In addition to her academic and professional commitments, Claire blogs on Food Poison Journal and has been published in the Food and Drug Law Institute’s Update and the American Agricultural Law Association’s Update.