Listeria outbreak linked to recall of queso fresco, cotija cheese products

CDC officials are sending out a warning about a listeria outbreak in multiple states, including Georgia.

The recall is linked to Rizo-López Foods queso fresco and cotija cheese products.

So far, 23 people have been hospitalized and two people have died.

Products were sold nationwide under these brands and at deli counters:

  • Campesino
  • Casa Cardenas
  • Don Francisco
  • Dos Ranchitos
  • El Huache
  • Food City
  • La Ordena
  • Rio Grande
  • Rizo Bros
  • San Carlos
  • Santa Maria
  • Tio Francisco
  • 365 Whole Foods Market

For a FULL LIST of recalled products, click here to read the CDC’s news release.

The outbreak was investigated twice before, in 2017 and 2021. “There was not enough data to identify a source until this most recent investigation,” CDC officials explain.

On Monday, Feb. 5, Rizo-López Foods recalled all cheeses and other dairy products made in their facility.

The CDC is urging people not to eat any recalled cheeses or dairy products. “Throw them away or return them to where you bought them,” officials warn. “Clean the refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that may have touched the recalled products.”

According to CDC experts, listeria can survive in the refrigerator and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

If you have experienced any of the following symptoms after eating the recalled products, call a healthcare provider right away:

  • Fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Loss of balance
  • Seizures

Symptoms usually begin within two weeks after eating food contaminated with listeria, CDC officials say. However, they add that some symptoms could start as early as the same day of consumption or as late as 10 weeks after.

For more information, click here.

Nicole Bennett

Nicole Bennett

CMG Digital Content Producer





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