Recall of Rolf's Patisserie Desserts Made After November 1


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers not to eat desserts from Rolf’s Patisserie of Lincolnwood, Ill. made after November 1, 2010. The desserts have been linked to several outbreaks of S. aureus food poisoning.

Rolf’s Patisserie is a gourmet European style bakery located in Lincolnwood, Ill. The bakery’s products include tiramisu, cakes, cobblers, decorated cookies, tarts, pastries, and pies.

Rolf’s Patisserie’s desserts are available through retail, wholesale and internet sales, and may not be labeled as coming from Rolf’s Patisserie. Resellers include grocery stores. Rolf’s Patisseries also distributes the products through a catering service and to institutions such as nursing homes.

The desserts have been connected to several outbreaks of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) food poisoning. A total of 100 cases of illness have been reported from four separate events in November and December. Three of the events occurred in Illinois and resulted in 30 illnesses. Seventy illnesses have been reported from a single event in Wisconsin.

The FDA is working with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to obtain a distribution list, but individuals or businesses may have already purchased goods for the holidays, so it is important to ask where the dessert is from and to not eat desserts from Rolf’s made after Nov. 1, 2010.


Consumers should not eat the desserts and should dispose of them in a sealed container so that people and animals (including wild animals) cannot get access to and eat them.

Rolf’s Patisserie is contacting retailers and restaurants to remove and discard these products from their shelves. The FDA is working with the CDC and the State of Illinois and Cook County departments of public health to investigate the situation. Rolf’s Patisserie has ceased production and distribution.

A food item contaminated with S. aureus, the bacterium responsible for producing toxins in foods, can cause gastrointestinal illness that usually begins 1-6 hours after eating contaminated food. The most common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, headache, muscle cramping, and temporary changes in blood pressure and pulse rate may occur. The illness is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days. In a small minority of patients the illness may be more severe. In these cases, some people, especially the very young and old, may require medical treatment for dehydration from vomiting and/or diarrhea.

To report problems, including adverse reactions, related to any food except meat and poultry, contact the FDA district office consumer complaint coordinator for your geographic area.

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