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…

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.

recalled De Mi Pais cheeseIn 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…