Dozens of Dairy Products Recalled Across IL, IN & KY Linked to Deadly Listeria Outbreak
A company in California that produces cheese and other dairy products has issued a nationwide recall for products sold across the United States, including sour cream and yogurt, due to Listeria contamination.
Recall Includes Dozens of Dairy Products Including Cheese, Yogurt, & More
Rizo-López Foods, located in Modesto, California has been linked to a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that spans nearly a decade. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) detected the Listeria outbreak as early as 2014 but has just recently been able to link the outbreak to Rizo-López Foods, according to the Food and Drug Administration. At least two people have died as a result of the Listeria outbreak.
This outbreak includes cases dating back to 2014 and is currently ongoing. CDC investigated this outbreak in 2017 and 2021. Epidemiologic evidence in previous investigations identified queso fresco and other similar cheeses as a potential source of the outbreak, but there was not enough information to identify a specific brand. - FDA
Recalled Products Sold Under 13 Different Brand Names
The 60 products under the umbrella of this recall were sold at stores nationwide under the following brand names:
- 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
Additionally, the products were sold at deli counters across the country too. The full list of recalled products is available below.
26 Illnesses and 2 Deaths Reportedly Linked to Listeria Outbreak
Twenty-six cases of Listeria-related illness and two deaths have been reported across the country. Listeria infections can cause many different symptoms depending on a number of factors including age and health of the infected person, as well as the location of the infection.
Symptoms of Listeria Infection
Symptoms can include diarrhea and vomiting, as well as fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, dizziness, and even seizures in more severe cases. Mild intestinal symptoms will usually occur within 24 hours of eating food contaminated by Listeria. Those symptoms usually resolve within 1-3 days.
Those Most at Risk of Serious Illness
Those over age 65 and people who are pregnant are most at risk. The CDC says that nearly 1 in 20 non-pregnant people suffering from what the CDC calls "invasive illness" caused by Listeria will become so severely ill that they will die. In pregnant women, "invasive illness," when Listeria has spread from the intestines to other parts of the body, "usually" causes a loss of pregnancy or life-threatening illness of the newborn.
Symptoms in pregnant people are usually mild. Some pregnant people never have symptoms.
However, infection during pregnancy usually leads to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn. - CDC
List Of Recalled Rizo-López Foods Products Linked to Listeria Outbreak
The recall includes 60 products manufactured and distributed by Rizo-López Foods, including cheeses, sour cream, and yogurts.
The extended recall list of products has also been made available by the FDA and includes all products currently under this recall. Find it here.
What To Do If You Have Affected Products in Your Home
If you have any of the products listed above in your home, do not consume them and dispose of them immediately. For those with questions or concerns, you can contact Rizo-López Foods by calling 1-833-296-2233.
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