The Atlanta-based Centers For Disease Control and Prevention is ending the first quarter of the year with a handful of active foodborne illness investigations.

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The Listeria outbreak linked to Queso Fresco and Corina cheese, which became active Feb. 6, has led to 26 illnesses in 11 states.  Almost all required hospitalization, and two died. Cheese, cream, and yogurt made by Rizo-Lopez Foods were recalled to stem the Listeria outbreak.

A Salmonella outbreak also went active in February and remained so as the quarter ends. Charcuterie Meats was found responsible. The outbreak spans 30 states, with 87 illnesses involving 18 hospitalizations. No deaths have yet resulted.

An active investigation began Jan. 5.  Coppa and charcuterie meat products containing Coppa were recalled.

The Lead and Chromium poisoning outbreak linked to Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches remains active and was updated on March 22.

The outbreak has 519 cases in 44 states.  Anyone with a child who might have been exposed  to the product should get a blood lead test.

And no-one should eat any recalled apple cinnamon puree pouches sold under the brands Wanabana, Schnucks or Weis.

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