FDA – According to an online news report posted on healthday.com, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning restaurants, consumers, and grocer retailers not to serve, eat, or sell any recalled Requeson (ricotta), Queso Fresco, or Quesillo (Oaxaca, string cheese) cheeses that have been linked to a Listeria outbreak in 26 states. U.S. health officials announced the recall on Feb. 19, 2021, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stated that the recalled cheeses have been distributed to more than 26 states. The recalled brands of soft cheese (by type) include:
- Queso Fresco: El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo;
- Quesillo: El Abuelito, El Paisano, El Sabrosito, El Viejito, La Cima, Quesos Finos, San Carlos, and Ideal Brands; and
- Requeson: El Abuelito and El Viejito.
The FDA also warns that some of the recalled soft cheeses were sold in bulk and could have been repackaged by retailers. According to the FDA, consumers who purchased the recalled cheeses must be especially vigilant about sanitizing and cleaning surfaces that have come in contact with the cheese products since Listeria can live in refrigerated temperatures and spread quickly to other surfaces or foods.
People aged 65 years and older are at higher risk for severe Listeria infection, including those with a weakened immune system caused by a medical condition or medical treatment and pregnant women. Listeria infections can cause miscarriages.
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