News Release

New York Firm Recalls Fresh Mozzarella with Chorizo & Cilantro Products Due to Misbranding and Undeclared Allergen

Class I Recall 030-2013
Health Risk: High May 2, 2013

Congressional and Public Affairs
Peggy Riek
(202) 720-9113


WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 - Mongiello Italian Cheese Specialties, DBA, Formaggio Italian Cheese Specialties, a Hurleyville, N.Y., establishment, is recalling approximately 234 pounds of fresh mozzarella with chorizo and cilantro products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, soy, which is not declared on the label.

The product subject to recall includes: [Label]
  • 8-oz. packages of "FORMAGGIO Authentic Hand Rolled Fresh Mozzarella with Chorizo & Cilantro" bearing the establishment number "EST. 34483" inside the USDA mark of inspection with "Use by Dates" prior to 5/31/2013.

The products were produced and packaged on various dates prior to March 28, 2013, and distributed to retail stores in New Jersey and New York.

The problem was discovered by FSIS during a recent Food Safety Assessment. The problem occurred when the company changed chorizo suppliers. FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Ricky Pagan, Senior Vice President of Operations, at (845) 436-4200, ext. 129. Media with questions about the recall should contact James Riley, Vice President of Media, at (845) 436-4200, ext. 117.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

Recall Number 030-2013


Affected States

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.
Last Modified Mar 24, 2015