Listeria Outbreak Update CDC warns to avoid all Cheese Sold Under Brand Name El Abuelito

CDC has updated its food safety alert for a Listeria outbreak linked to queso fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.: https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/hispanic-soft-cheese-02-21/index.html

Key points:

  • CDC has expanded its advice to not eat, sell, or serve any cheese sold under the brand name El Abuelito, in addition to recalled queso fresco cheese sold under the brand names of El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo. CDC is concerned that any cheese made or handled at this facility could be contaminated and make people sick.
  • Three new illnesses were reported this week. This outbreak has sickened a total of 10 people in four states (Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia).
  • Nine people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Interviews with sick people and laboratory data show that queso fresco made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc. is a likely source of this outbreak.
  • Connecticut officials found the outbreak strain of Listeria in samples of El Abuelito brand queso fresco cheese collected from a store where a sick person bought cheese.

What You Should Do:

  • Do not eat any of the recalled queso fresco cheeses or any cheese sold under the El Abuelito brand. Throw them away or return any recalled cheeses to where you bought them.
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