Serra Cheese ordered to test products

Posted at 4:27 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 17:27:26-04

A federal judge has ordered the Serra Cheese in Clinton Township to test its products for listeria or e-coli.

The injunction states the cheese "have been prepared - packed or held under insanitary conditions whereby they may have been contaminated."

This order follows a court ruling last year involving the company.

Serra Cheese sells their products in Michigan, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania.

The owners say the U.S. Department of Justice's story has more holes in it than Swiss cheese.

Co-Owner Fina Serra would not talk to us on camera, but says the cheese is safe to eat and not contaminated with bacteria.

U.S. Department of Justice officials tell us there are circumstances described in the injunction under which Serra Cheese could be required to shut down.

Right now, the company has less than 15 days to submit a plan to the FDA on how they will test their inventory.

Serra Cheese was not required to close or destroy inventory. The injunction concludes long standing litigation involving two inspections performed by the FDA in 2013.

There were positive findings of bacteria in small areas of the premises and in early production cheese products.

The bacteria found was not injurious to human health. There has never been a reported case of sickness attributable to a person who consumes Serra Cheese products.