El Abuelito Queso Fresco Soft Cheese Recall [US]


El Abuelito Cheese Queso Fresco Fresh Soft Cheese Recall [US]

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US FlagUS/Silver Spring: El Abuelito Cheese, a Paterson, New Jersey establishment, has recalled all current batch/lots of El Abuelito, El Paisano, El Sabrosito, El Viejito, Ideal, La Cima, Quesos Finos and San Carlos branded Queso Fresco (Fresh, soft cheese), Quesillo (Oaxaca, string cheese) and Requeson (Ricotta) products packed at El Abuelito Cheese’s Plant #34-12179 from the American marketplace due to suspected Listeria monocytogenes contamination and consequential risks of Gram-positive bacterial infection, severe illness and/or possible life-changing complications, all serious health hazards.

FDA: http://ht.ly/gQQR30ryWx5

Direct link: https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/el-abuelito-expands-recall-include-queso-fresco-quesillo-and-requeson-products-because-possible

Additional information:
The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Fresh, Soft Cheese products are subject to this recall:

  • Quesillo Fresh Cheese
    • El Abuelito Cheese branded Quesillo Abuelito Cheese, sold in 12-ounce vacuum packs with a UPC of 673130200000
    • El Abuelito Cheese branded Quesillo Abuelito Cheese, sold in five (5)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 673130500001
    • El Abuelito Cheese branded Quesillo Abuelito Cheese, sold in ten (10)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 673130600008
    • El Paisano Cheese, sold in five (5)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 799456415468
    • El Paisano Cheese, sold in ten (10)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 799456415482
    • El Sabrosito Cheese, sold in ten (10)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 749390337586
    • El Viejito Cheese, sold in ten (10)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 718122180950
    • Ideal Cheese, sold in five (5)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 610563082674
    • Ideal Cheese, sold in ten (10)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 897930001951
    • La Cima Cheese, sold in five (5)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 072632891653
    • Quesos Fino Cheese, sold in five (5)-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 851800004145
    • San Carlos Cheese, sold in 14-pound vacuum bags with a UPC of 814920000039
  • Requeson/Ricotta Cheese
    • El Abuelito Cheese Requeson Ricotta – Promocion, sold in twelve (12)-ounce clamshell containers with a UPC of 673130300014
    • El Abuelito Cheese Requeson Ricotta, sold in twelve (12)-ounce clamshell containers with a UPC of 673130300014
    • El Viejito Requeson/Ricotta, sold in twelve (12)-ounce clamshell containers with a UPC of 718122180912

Please consult the photograph above for details of the food’s packaging, design and retail presentation. Additional images of the recalled Fresh Soft Cheese products can be found on the Web site above.

==> No item numbers, best-before date codes, manufacturing date codes, production dates, expiry dates, regulatory approval designations, registration numbers, agency approval designations or other identification numbers were listed with this recall notification.

The US FDA has reason to believe that the numerous retail locations received the El Abuelito Brand Queso Fresco (Fresh, soft cheese), Quesillo (Oaxaca, string cheese),and Requeson (Ricotta) that were included in the recall by El Abuelito. These Cheese products may have been cut or repacked from their original packaging. This list may not include all retail establishments that have received the recalled product or may include retail establishments that did not actually receive the recalled product. Therefore, it is important that you use the product-specific identification information, listed above, in addition to this list of retail stores (link below), when you check the food you have to see if it has been recalled.

If you are concerned about distribution outside the United States, please contact the manufacturer for specific product information.

According to the FDA, El Abuelito Cheese has recalled the indicated batch/lots of Queso Fresco Fresh Soft Cheese products from the American marketplace due to suspected Listeria monocytogenes contamination. As a result of this reported defect, you should neither serve nor consume the recalled Soft Cheese identified above.

The recalled unpasteurized Cheese products were produced at El Abuelito Cheese’s Plant #34-12179.

As of February 27, 2021, the CDC reports ten (10) people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes from four (4) states.

These Soft Cheese products were known to be marketed, distributed and sold in the following retail establishment within various US states although it is always possible these food products had wider distribution within the country. When in doubt, please contact the manufacturer for specific product information.

List of known retail establishments that sold the recalled Cheese products: https://www.fda.gov/media/146306/download. As a reminder, this list may not include all retail establishments that have received the recalled product or may include retail establishments that did not actually receive the recalled product.

As part of this ongoing outbreak investigation, the Connecticut Department of Public Health collected product samples of El Abuelito-brand Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses from a store where a sick person bought cheeses. On 2/19/2021, Whole Genome Sequencing (“WGS”) analysis conducted by the Connecticut State Laboratory determined that the Listeria monocytogenes found in the samples is a match to the outbreak strain.

==> For information about Listeriosis (Listeria poisoning), please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning, adulteration or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure neither small children nor household pets can access the suspect food.

==> If you have a medical emergency, please contact 9-1-1, your closest hospital or emergency center equipped to properly treat bacterial poisoning such as Listeriosis.

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US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Tips___________________________________________________________

If you have any further questions, comments or complaints about this recall, please contact El Abuelito at +1-973-345-3503 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, Monday to Friday and from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST on Saturday.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected contaminated, adulterated or mislabeled unpasteurized Cheeses, please search for “cheese” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

Raw Milk Consumption – a Warning:
We recommend people NEVER consume raw milk and milk products such as Cheese, Yogurt or Kefir made from raw milk because these products have not undergone a process called pasteurization, a proven heat treatment that kills disease-causing germs. Raw Milk products are common outside the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom but are increasingly being sold in mainstream supermarkets and specialty stores within the US and Canada.

These harmful germs include Brucella, Campylobacter, Cryptosporidium, E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella.

Listeriosis is a very serious infection typically caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. In the United States, an estimated 1,600 people report Listeriosis infections every year although the true number of illnesses remains unknown. Roughly 260 Americans die from the disease each and every year. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older and people with weakened immune systems although anyone who consumes raw milk can get sick.

In addition, consumption of raw milk containing Brucella can cause Brucellosis. Most cases of Brucellosis associated with raw milk are caused by a strain called Brucella melitensis or Brucella abortus in people who traveled to countries where these strains are common and drank contaminated cow, sheep or goat milk. Some forms of Brucellosis are resistant to common antibiotics used to prevent or treat Brucella infections.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected Listeria monocytogenes contamination, please search for “Listeria” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications for products manufactured, marketed and/or sold by El Abuelito Cheese, please search for “El Abuelito Cheese” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications for products manufactured, marketed and/or sold under the Rio Grande Food Products brand, please search for “Rio Grande” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications for products manufactured, marketed and/or sold under the Rio Lindo brand, please search for “Rio Lindo” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

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More information about this recall:
Recalls Direct RIN: 14153-2021
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