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Raw milk cheese tied to listeria cases; moms-to-be at high risk

At least two people in Rhode Island have developed infections from Listeria monocytogenes, causing public health officials to warn against eating soft cheese referred to as queso fresco. An alert posted Wednesday by the Rhode Island Department of Health did not include any details about the two victims, but specifically urged pregnant women to not… Continue Reading

Global Garlic expands cheese recall because of Listeria

A Miami company has expanded its recall of cheese that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, some of which does not expire until mid-September. In the expansion of its recall, which was initiated May 17, Global Garlic Inc. added “Queso Fresco/Whole Milk” and “Queso Fresco x LB(Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese” on May 30, but the expansion… Continue Reading

Roos Foods Takes Responsibility for 2014 Listeria Outbreak

A company that lost its food facility registration almost two years ago after Mexican-style cheeses it produced and distributed were blamed for a 2014 outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes pleaded guilty on Friday to food adulteration in a federal court in Delaware. Since its registration was pulled on March 11, 2014, Delaware’s Roos Foods Inc. has… Continue Reading

Update: Queseria Bendita Recall Now Includes All Product Best-By Dates

Update (Jan. 26, 2015): Queseria Bendita has now expanded the recall to include all best-by dates for its products. This article has been updated to reflect the expansion. Original article published Jan. 17, 2015: Queseria Bendita LLC of Yakima, WA, is recalling all lots of Panela, Queso Fresco, Requeson and Cotija fresh soft cheese products and… Continue Reading

1 Death Reported in WA Listeria Outbreak Linked to Soft Cheese

State health and agriculture officials in Washington state are working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to consumption of Latin-style soft cheese produced by Queseria Bendita of Yakima, WA. As of Jan. 16, 2015, a total of three… Continue Reading

CDC Final Update: 5 Listeria Illnesses, Including 1 Death, Linked to Mexican-Style Cheese

Mexican-style dairy products manufactured by Oasis Brands Inc. of Miami, FL, which were recalled for Listeria contamination earlier this year, were linked to five cases of Listeriosis, including one death. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that this outbreak is now over. Whole-genome sequences of the Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from recalled quesito casero… Continue Reading

Recalled Mexican-Style Dairy Linked to Death, 3 Listeria Illnesses

Mexican-style dairy products manufactured by Oasis Brands Inc. of Miami, FL, which were recalled for Listeria contamination earlier this year, have been linked to three cases of Listeria, including one death, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The illnesses occurred in September 2013 and June and August of 2014 and spread… Continue Reading

Listeria-Tainted Queso Fresco Cheese Sickens Oregon Infant

Oregon public health officials have issued a warning about cheese imported from Mexico that may be contaminated with Listeria. Oregon’s Health Authority and Department of Agriculture are investigating after an infant in Clackamas County fell ill from the bacteria. The batch of queso fresco was purchased from a Latino grocery store in Woodburn, and officials… Continue Reading

Listeria Killed 1 in 5 Infected in Recent Years

Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium often associated with foodborne illness outbreaks in cheese and fresh produce, killed approximately one in five Americans it infected between 2009 and 2011, according to a new Vital Signs report released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday. Though experts called infections from Listeria rare, the pathogen still… Continue Reading

Unpasteurized Mexican Cheese Sickens 25 in Minneapolis

The number of Minnesotans sickened with Salmonella poisoning after eating unpasteurized, homemade queso fresco – a Mexican-style cheese – more than doubled before the outbreak ran its course.  Health officials said Monday that the number of illnesses in the outbreak have reached 25, up from the 12 cases originally reported two weeks ago. They said… Continue Reading