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CORE update of February 29, 2024

CORE update of February 29, 2024: the CORE list of outbreaks and adverse events includes three activity cases. For the outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 linked to raw cheddar cheese (ref #1215), the FDA has initiated a traceback. The advisory has been updated to include additional recalls for the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to queso fresco and cotija cheese (ref #1214). In the investigation of elevated lead & chromium levels in cinnamon applesauce pouches (ref #1198), the advisory has been updated to include that as of February 23, the CDC has received reports of 111 confirmed cases, 320 probable cases, and 37 suspected cases for a total of 468 cases from 44 different states. @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/investigations-foodborne-illness-outbreaks?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

The following is a list of outbreak and adverse event investigations primarily being managed by FDA’s CORE Response Teams.

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Rico Brand recalls Enchilada Trays due to Listeria monocytogenes

The FDA reported that Rico Brand (Salt Lake City, Utah) recalled Ready-to-eat Enchiladas made with Queso Fresco containing cheese as part of the voluntary recall from Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Rico Enchiladas were distributed in northern Utah Supermarkets (Smith’s, Harmons, Macey’s The Store, and Fresh Markets). Recalled products include Cheese Enchiladas with Red 4/pkg, Cheese Enchiladas with Green 4/pkg, Chicken Enchilada with Rice & Beans/Green, and Chicken Enchilada with Mole, Rice & Beans. They are packaged in a Deep Meal tray – Plant Fiber – Film 800. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products. @ https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts/rico-brand-recalls-enchilada-trays-due-possible-listeria-monocytogenes-contamination?permalink=D26F1F3A8CB6BB6742BBB6D639EA593F2831BF43B501FDC0659CC5CBD2D6B24D

Rico Brand of Salt Lake City, Utah is voluntary recalling Ready-to-eat Enchiladas made with Queso Fresco containing cheese as part of the voluntary recall from Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal i

Update of the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheese (February 2024)

On February 22, 2024, the FDA reported that it had been notified of additional companies issuing public notifications or recalls for products linked to the Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc. dairy recall sold at retail locations. The additional products are Ready-to-eat Enchiladas distributed in northern Utah Supermarkets (Smith’s, Harmons, Macey’s The Store, and Fresh Markets). They are packaged in a Deep Meal tray – Plant Fiber – Film 800 with the following lot numbers and expiration dates: Lot. 0234 02/13/24, Lot. 0264 02/16/24, Lot. 0304 02/20/24, Lot. 0334 02/23/24. The case count due to the outbreak has not changed. @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-listeria-monocytogenes-queso-fresco-and-cotija-cheese-february-2024?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 

Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Queso Fresco Cotija

Do not eat, sell, or serve any recalled products. Additional recalls have been added. FDA’s investigation is ongoing.

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In Canada Taylor Farms Mexican style street corn chopped (salad) kit recalled due to Salmonella

The CFIA recalled Taylor Farms Mexican Style Street Corn chopped salad kits from the marketplace in Canada due to possible salmonella contamination. The “Mexican Style Street Corn Chopped (Salad) Kit” was sold in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. The CFIA triggered this recall. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. @ https://recalls-rappels.canada.ca/en/alert-recall/taylor-farms-brand-mexican-style-street-corn-chopped-salad-kit-recalled-due-salmonella?utm_source=gc-notify&utm_medium=email&utm_content=en&utm_campaign=hc-sc-rsa-22-23