Lebanon Cheese Co. Fined $210,000 for Bad Ricotta
Four years ago, a batch of milk was condemned for containing traces of beta lactum antibiotics at Lebanon Cheese Co. Allegedly, the company continued to produce and distribute ricotta cheese made from the contaminated milk.
Lebanon Cheese Co. and its president, Joseph G. Lotito of Annandale, were fined $210,000 in connection with the sale four years ago of ricotta cheese that had been made from contaminated milk.
According to the federal “information” filed in Philadelphia, the defendants one time sold ricotta impastata cheese that was unfit for human consumption because it was manufactured from milk that had been condemned by Pennsylvania dairy processors for failing screening tests for the presence of beta lactum antibiotics.