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Tons of Potentially Spoiled Cheese Taken to Landfill

Tons of potentially contaminated Mexican cheese were removed today from an Artesia processing plant and taken to the Puente Hills landfill as state and federal inspectors continued combing the facility for clues to an outbreak of disease-producing bacteria that has claimed at least 30 lives.

Federal and state health officials monitored the removal of 38,700 pounds of cheese as it was loaded onto a convoy of trucks at Jalisco Mexican Products Inc.

The cheese, worth about $76,000, was voluntarily removed from grocery shelves last week after health officials disclosed that two brands of the company’s cheese contained Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.


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