FDA investigates presence of Listeria in some Hispanic-style cheeses

February 25, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to eat any of the following brands of cheese manufactured or repackaged by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del.: Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima, and Anita. Roos Foods has voluntarily recalled all lots and all types of cheese distributed under these brands. These products were distributed through retail stores in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

The FDA, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of listeriosis and the presence of Listeria in Hispanic-style cheese products made by Roos Foods.

On Feb. 21, the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) reported that Listeria monocytogenes had been found in cheese products manufactured by Roos Foods. This followed an earlier warning VDACS issued on Feb. 15 that the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from a sample of Cuajada en Terron (fresh cheese curd) manufactured by Roos Foods and collected by VDACS food safety inspectors at Mega Mart, a retail store in Manassas, Va.

The strain of Listeria monocytogenes identified was the same strain of the bacteria that has caused eight cases of listeriosis in two states. The CDC reports that a total of eight persons infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from two states.

Among persons for whom information is available, dates that illness was diagnosed range from Aug. 1, 2013, to Nov. 27, 2013. Seven of the eight ill persons were hospitalized. One death was reported in California.

Roos Foods has recalled all lots of its Cuajada En Terron, Cuajada/Cuajadita Cacera, Cuajada Fresca, Queso Fresca Round, and the Queso Dura Viejo hard cheeses marketed under its Mexicana, Amigo, and Santa Rosa De Lima brands. Roos Foods is also recalling Queso Fresco marketed under the Anita brand. The products are packaged in flexible plastic bags and rigid plastic clam shell packages in 12-oz and 16-oz sizes.

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