Four Accused of "Washing" Spoiled Cheese and Reselling It to Retailers
Last week, in a stunning example of cheese crime at its finest, four people were charged with allegedly "washing" 110,000 pounds of Mexican cheese that was covered in mold (and not the good kind), then reselling it to the same retailers that had sent back the spoiled product in the first place.
Retailers returned the cheese to the companies, complaining that they couldn’t sell it because customers said the cheese was slimy and moldy — the men are accused of scraping off the bad parts and sending it off to be sold again.
In all, more than 110,000 pounds of tainted Mexican cheese was shipped out in 2007.
The FDA took samples of the cheese and determined that they contained salmonella. E.coli and other bacteria. .