Hispanic-style cheeses linked to US Listeria outbreak

| February 28, 2014

hispanic cheeseThe US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection linked to Hispanic-style cheeses produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Delaware.

The outbreak has affected at least eight people in Maryland and California. Seven of those affected have been hospitalised and one death has been reported in California.

The outbreak investigation has established a link with the consumption of soft, or semi-soft cheese purchased at branches of a retail chain selling Hispanic-style food products. The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes has been isolated from samples of Cujada en Terron (Fresh curd cheese) produced by Roos Foods.

The company has recalled all lots of a variety of different cheeses sold under the Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima and Anita brand names. The recalled cheeses were packed in flexible plastic bags and rigid plastic ‘clam shell’ packs and distributed to retailers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C.

More information about the investigation can be found here.

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