Queseria Chipilo Recalls Cheese products Over Listeria Fears

Queseria Chipilo of Passaic, New Jersey is announcing a recall of a range of its cheese products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. The Cheese products may be contaminated with <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous, sometimes deadly organism.

All date codes up to and including September 26, 2010 Fresco and November 25, 2010 Oaxaca are included from the cheeses below:

Oaxaca String Cheese
Queso Fresco
Queso Fresco Hoja De Plátano.

A complete listing of the recalled products can be accessed on the FDA website.
While healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis, the infection can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, and nausea; can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women; and can result in serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, persons with HIV infection, or those undergoing chemotherapy.

In pregnant women, Listeriosis can also result in birth of a baby suffering from the infection. Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected and Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns and neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults.

The recalled cheese was distributed in New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia to retail stores and wholesalers.

No illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this problem; however, Listeriosis can take time to manifest and become apparent.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. The company can be reached at 973-685-7148 Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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