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Listeria Prompts Washington Cheese Recall

Del Bueno of Grandview, Washington has recalled all of its 1- or 3-pound packages of Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese, Queso Panela Fresh Cheese, Requeson Mexican Style Ricotta Cheese and Queso Enchilado Dry Cheese because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria. 

The products were distributed in retail markets in Washington and Oregon and to the flea market in Pasco, WA.

Here are the package details on the recalled products:

Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese: UPC 75318225028 for 16 oz. package, UPC 753182814063 for 3 lbs. package, date code up to and including Feb. 10, 2011.

Queso Panela Fresh Cheese: UPC 753182814056, date code up to and including Feb. 10, 2011.

Requeson Mexican Style Ricotta Cheese: UPC 753182814070, date code up to and including Jan. 10, 2011

Queso Enchilado Dry Cheese: no UPC date code up to and including Mar. 15, 2011.

The date code is stamped on the back of the packages.  This date code is to signify the expiration date.  The cheese is packaged either in 1 lb. or 3 lbs. plastic vacuum bags. 

The recall is the result of tests conducted on environmental samples and finished product samples by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the result of tests conducted on the finished product samples by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA).

The test results revealed that the cheeses are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Del Bueno has notified its customers and has pulled the products from retail stores.  The firm is working with FDA to conduct the recall.

Consumers who have purchased Del Bueno brand cheeses are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact Del Bueno at 425-503-3823 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific Time.

No illnesses have been reported.

Del Bueno also recalled cheese due to Listeria in April, 2010.

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