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El Abuelito Cheese Queso Fresco - recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes

February 19, 2021 8:00 PM

United States

Company name: El Abuelito Cheese
Brand name: El Abuelito, Rio Grande, Rio Lindo
Product recalled: Queso Fresco
Reason of the recall: Listeria monocytogenes
FDA Recall date: February 19, 2021
Recall details: El Abuelito Cheese of Paterson, NJ is recalling all Queso Fresco (Fresh, soft cheese) products, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

All Queso Fresco products with sell by dates through 032821, have been recalled. The products are sold as El Abuelito Cheese brand, distributed in CT, NJ, PA, NY; Rio Grande Food Products brand, distributed in VA, NC, MD; and Rio Lindo distributed in NC and MD. The products were distributed through Feb 16, 2021 and were available in supermarkets, wholesale, and retails stores. The following products being recalled were produced at Plant #34-12179:

- El Abuelito Cheese. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Regular. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 673130100003.
- El Abuelito Cheese. (10 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Promoción. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 673130100078.
- El Abuelito Cheese. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco de Hoja. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 673130100065.
- El Abuelito Cheese. (5 Lb.). Product Name Queso Fresco. Container Type: Vacuum Packed. UPC Code: 673130100058.
- El Abuelito Cheese. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Guatemala. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 673130100027.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Chirilagua Queso de Hacienda. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529005571.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (14 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Campestre con Hoja. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 812324031161.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (14 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Campestre Artesanal. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529002518.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (14 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco con Hoja. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529004581.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Yorito. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529005564.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (14 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Olancho. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 812324031222.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Cuajada Fresca Guatemalteca. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529001276.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Cuajada Fresca Hondureña. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529001269.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Cuajada Fresca Salvadoreña. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529001252.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Yorito. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529005564.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (14 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Olancho. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 812324031222.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Cuajada Fresca Guatemalteca. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529001276.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Cuajada Fresca Hondureña. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529001269.
- Rio Grande Food Products, Inc.. (12 oz.). Product Name Cuajada Fresca Salvadoreña. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 738529001252.
- Rio Lindo. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Mexicano. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 718122088587.
- Rio Lindo. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Hondureño. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 718122088591.
- Rio Lindo. (12 oz.). Product Name Queso Fresco Salvadoreño. Container Type: Plastic Container. UPC Code: 718122088607.

As of February 11, 2021, the CDC reports seven people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes from four states.

El Abuelito has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and El Abuelito continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

As the FDA stated, about this outbreak investigation, the Connecticut Department of Public Health collected product samples of El Abuelito-brand Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses from a store where a sick person bought cheeses. Sample analysis showed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in samples of El Abuelito Queso Fresco sold in 10 oz packages, marked as Lot A027 with an expiration date of 02/26/2021. Samples are currently undergoing Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis to determine if the Listeria monocytogenes found in these samples is a match to the outbreak strain. At this time, there is not enough evidence to determine if this outbreak is linked to El Abuelito Queso Fresco.

Consumers who have purchased the stated Queso Fresco products are urged not to consume and to return product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact directly El Abuelito Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST at (973) 345-3503.

Check the full recall details on fda.gov

Source: FDA

Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
Doctor Visit: Yes
Diagnosis: Listeria

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