Product Recall Expanded Due To Listeria Fears

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( – According to Newsweek, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that another three products are being added to a dairy-related item recall, as they contain cheese from a California producer who is suspected to be responsible for a listeria outbreak across the nation. 

The expanded list of products, announced on Saturday, on February 10, follows two deaths and dozens of hospitalizations that have been linked to the outbreak. The producer in question, Rizo-López Foods, of Modesto, California, produces queso fresco and cotija cheeses, both of which may be contaminated, according to officials. 

Recently, several other products were voluntarily recalled, including salad dressings, taco meals, and salad kits that included the affected cheese. Additional types of foods impacted include burritos, sandwiches, and enchiladas made by the manufacturer. So far, there have been at least 16 products recalled. 

The manufacturer issued a voluntary recall of all of their dairy products on February 5. The FDA has noted that based on the information that they received, the producer could be the source of the “listeria monocytogenes outbreak” across the country. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted that there have been 26 cases of listeria, including 23 hospitalizations and two deaths. While the largest number of the cases occurred in California, cases have spread across 11 states.

The listeria bacteria can cause several symptoms and is usually most dangerous for pregnant women, newborns, those with weakened immune systems, and the elderly. Those affected could experience confusion, fever, fatigue, diarrhea, vomiting, and headaches. 

As part of the latest recall, Fresh Creative Foods had to recall 768 of its chicken street taco kits that have a sell-by date of up to February 10. Mexican style street corn bites from the Perfect Bite Co. in Glendale, California and chicken street taco kits made by Save Mart Companies were also recalled.

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