Yet Another Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC Recall


Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese of Reading, Michigan just announced the recall of all lots of various types of its soft Mexican-style cheeses due to potential <"">Listeria contamination.

A sample of queso fresco cheese, taken by an investigator from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 26, 2009, was subsequently tested by an FDA laboratory and discovered to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis, the food poisoning generated by Listeria monocytogenes, is particularly dangerous to the elderly, pregnant women, newborns, those with chronic medical conditions, people with HIV, or those undergoing chemotherapy. In serious cases, the disease spreads to the nervous system, causing headaches, stiff neck, and convulsions. Listeriosis can also cause meningitis and blood poisoning in immune-compromised individuals.

The recalled products were distributed to retails stores and delis in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, and Wisconsin and were sold under the name “Aguas Calientes,” as listed below. Note: Packaging may also include a label with the name “Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC.” The recall encompasses all expiration dates:

Queso Asadero: 12-ounce and 10-pound ball
Queso Oaxaca: 10-pound ball
Queso Fresco: One-pound and eight-ounce ball
Queso Requeson: One-gallon pail and three-gallon pail
Morral Adobera: Three-pound packages

The FDA is advising consumers and retailers to return all unused recalled products to the manufacturer. Consumers with questions may contact Salvador Torres, Manager, Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese LLC at 517-368-5990, Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. EDT.

In April we wrote that Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese of Reading announced a recall of its 10-pound Oaxaca cheese ball products over concerns of contamination with the serious, sometimes deadly, Listeria monocytogenes pathogen. That recall involved Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese’s Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheese, said the FDA at the time.

In late March, Torres Hillsdale Country Cheese expanded an earlier recall, also of cheese products and also over concerns of Listeria contamination. That recall, was announced by the FDA and involved certain Asadero and Oaxaca soft Mexican-style cheeses. The original recall from March 2008, was expanded to include a variety of additional states. The current recall is the first since early April.

In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection. Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected, with about one-third of all Listeriosis cases occurring during pregnancy; the incidence of Listeriosis in newborns is 8.6 per 100,000 live births and the perinatal and neonatal mortality rate (stillbirths and early infant deaths) is a massive 80 percent.

Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for an estimated 2,500 illnesses in the United States annually, with about 200 in every 1,000 cases resulting in death. Listeriosis can take days, even weeks, to develop and can present in anything from a mild flu-like illness to meningitis and septicemia.

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