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More Cheese Recalled for Potential Listeria

On Feb. 23 and 25, 2014, Roos Foods of Kenton, DE, issued press releases for the recall of cheese products. This recall has been expanded to include all product sizes and containers of Santa Rosa de Lima Queso Duro Blando (hard cheese) and Mexicana Queso Cojito Molido.

Roos Foods is voluntarily recalling the above products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Products were distributed through retail stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Eight illnesses and one death have been reported.

Roos Foods’ Amigo, Anita, Mexicana, and Santa Rose de Lima brands of: Cuajada En Terron, Cuajada/Cuajadita Cacer, Cuajada Fresca, Queso Fresco Round, and Queso Duro Viejo (hard cheeses), Requeson, Queso de Huerta and Quesco Fresco cheeses are being recalled. These cheeses were packaged in various-sized, clear, plastic-wrapped Styrofoam trays, clear plastic wrapped, clear plastic vacuum packages, and clear rigid-plastic containers.

Out of an abundance of caution, Roos Foods is also recalling all product sizes and containers of Santa Rosa de Lima Crema Salvadorena Cultured Sour Cream, Santa Rosa de Lima Mantequilla de Bolsa Tradicion Centroamericana, Crema Pura Mexicana Cultured Sour Cream, La Chapina Crema Guatemalteca Guatemalan Style Cream, and Amigo Brand Crema Centroamericana Cultured Sour Cream. These sour creams were packaged in various-sized white plastic tubs, clear plastic bags, clear plastic pouches, and clear plastic jars.

Customers should destroy all listed brand-named products.

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