The CDC Warns About a Specific Brand of Cheese Linked to Listeria Outbreak

The CDC Warns About a Specific Brand of Cheese Linked to Listeria Outbreak

Doctors are always warning us that careless eating can be a major problem for our health – too salty meals or those that contain a high level of fat are not recommended, and the examples can continue. But sometimes we must also avoid specific foods, and a new issue from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms it once again.

If you’re also concerned about Listeria as many of us, you’d better take into account what wrote. The East Coast of the USA has been dealing with a Listeria outbreak, and the main suspicion from the CDC is that a specific brand of cheese led to the unpleasant outcome.

Ten reported illnesses, and nine of them led to hospitalizations

Four of the illnesses were reported in New York, one in Connecticut, while the others were reported in Maryland and Virginia. Following the reported illnesses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was crystal clear on the subject:

Don’t eat any Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses (like queso fresco, queso blanco, and queso panela), until we identify a specific type or brand that is making people sick.

The specific brands, according to the CDC, are the following: Rio Grande, El Abuelito, and Rio Lindo. People must be extra-careful with all queso fresco products that are sold under those names, as CDC claims they might be contaminated with Listeria.

Officials of El Abuelito Cheese Inc. issued the statement:

Other El Abuelito brand cheeses made or handled in the same facility as the queso fresco have not yet been recalled, but CDC is concerned they may be contaminated and could make people sick.

They also added:

Investigators are working to identify all cheese products made or handled in that facility that may be contaminated.

Listeriosis infection can cause headaches, fever, loss of balance, confusion, convulsions, and more. The most affected groups are pregnant women and their newborns, those who have a weak immune system, and elders.




Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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