17 Soft Cheese Products Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination


There is a multi-state cheese recall due to possible contamination with listeria, a type of bacteria that can cause potentially serious foodborne illness. 

On February 19, El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. recalled 17 different fresh and soft cheese products after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported at least seven cases of listeria infection in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia potentially linked to queso fresco cheese products from the brand. All seven people were hospitalized, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but no one has died.

The El Abuelito cheese recall covers all of their queso fresco products with sell-by dates through 03/28/21, and spans seven states. The recalled products were distributed to supermarkets, wholesalers, and retail stores through February 16. The recalled cheeses are sold under three different brands in various states: the El Abuelito Cheese brand in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York; the Rio Grande Food Products brand in Virginia, North Carolina, and Maryland; and the Rio Lindo brand in North Carolina and Maryland. You can see a full list of recalled products and their labels on the FDA page.

Meanwhile, El Abuelito has halted production and distribution of all products while the FDA, CDC, and local health officials continue to investigate…

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