Source of the outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses identified

The FDA announced that the investigation of a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to queso fresco cheeses made by El Abuelito Cheese.  As a result, El Abuelito Cheese of Paterson, NJ recalled all Queso Fresco (Fresh, soft cheese) products. The outbreak's source was unidentified until 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. Sample analysis showed Listeria monocytogenes in El Abuelito Queso Fresco samples sold in 10 oz packages, marked as Lot A027, with expiration date 02/26/2021. Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) analysis determined that the Listeria monocytogenes found in the samples match the outbreak strain. The products recalled include El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo brand queso frescos, distributed to CT, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, and VA. El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. has ceased the production and distribution of all products. States with Cases: MD (4), CT (1), NY (1), and VA (1) @

 Listeria monocytogenes Outbreak in Hispanic-style Cheese (Feb 2021)
Listeria monocytogenes Outbreak in Hispanic-style Cheese (Feb 2021)

El Abuelito Cheese, Inc. recalls all Queso Fresco products within expiration. Queso Fresco samples collected from Connecticut match outbreak strain

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