Contaminated Cheese Causes Recall of 57 Products

( – Listeria are bacteria that commonly contaminate food. People who eat food containing listeria can get a potentially deadly illness. The FDA recently announced a widespread recall, impacting nearly 60 products.

On February 5, Rizo-López Foods, Inc. issued an initial voluntary recall of its dairy products. The company revealed that the food items could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products included cheeses, sour cream, and yogurt sold under the brand names Don Francisco, Tio Francisco, Rio Grande, Rizo Bros, Food City, La Ordena, El Huache, Campesino, San Carlos, Dos Ranchitos, Casa Cardenas, Santa Maria, and 365 Whole Foods Market. The types of cheeses included in the recall include:

  • Cotija
  • Blanco suave
  • Oaxaca
  • Panela
  • Queso fresco
  • Queso crema
  • Queso Seco
  • Queso para Freir
  • Requeson
  • Ricotta

The other types of food included in the recall are:

  • Dressings
  • Dips
  • Sauces
  • Sandwiches
  • Burritos
  • Enchiladas
  • Salad kits and salads

Then, on February 12, the company announced that it was expanding its recall. The company and Fresh Creations Foods recalled their Chicken Street Taco Meal Kit Units because of a possible Listeria contamination.

The kits in question had a UPC of 205916414990 and best-by dates of 11/29/2023–3/4/2024.

The products under the recall were sold at stores and behind retail deli counters at, but not limited to, Food City, Numero Uno Markets, La Michoacana, Vallarta, Superior Groceries, El Rancho, Northgate Gonzalez, El Super, Cardenas Market, and Sprouts Farmers Market. At least 57 products are impacted.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 26 people have been infected with the bacteria in 11 states. There have been 23 hospitalizations and two deaths.

Health officials are advising people to check their refrigerators and freezers for any of the products. They can return them to the store for a refund or toss them in the garbage. If a consumer falls ill, they should alert their healthcare provider about the possibility that they ate contaminated food.

A full list of the products impacted can be found HERE.

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