Modesto, California – Rizo-López Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 4 dozen dairy products, including Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheese, due to potential contamination with listeria. This recall applies to a variety of dairy products such as cheese, crema, yogurt, and sour cream, which were distributed nationwide under different brand names. Some of these products were also sold at various retail deli counters across different states.
The FDA and CDC initiated an investigation after a sample of Rizo Bros Aged Cotija tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes in Hawaii. This led to a multi-year multistate investigation due to previous listeria outbreaks associated with Rizo-López Foods, resulting in 26 illnesses, 2 deaths, and 23 hospitalizations in 11 states. The illnesses date back to 2014, with the most recent case reported in December 2023.
As a result of the investigation, Rizo-López Foods has temporarily ceased production and distribution of these products. Consumers are advised not to consume these products and to check their refrigerators and freezers for any recalled items and dispose of them. Careful cleaning and sanitization of any surfaces that may have come into contact with the products is recommended, as listeria can survive in refrigerators and spread to other foods and surfaces.
It’s crucial for consumers to be aware of the symptoms of listeria infection, which can range from mild to severe and can affect certain vulnerable demographics more severely. This recall serves as a reminder for the public to stay informed about food safety issues and to follow FDA guidelines for handling and cleaning to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. If anyone develops symptoms, they should contact their healthcare provider and seek medical attention.
In light of this recent recall, it’s important for the general public to remain vigilant about food safety and to understand the potential risks associated with consuming contaminated products. It also highlights the significance of regulatory oversight to ensure the safety and quality of food products in the market.