January 19, 2015 — A deadly outbreak of food poisoning has been linked to Hispanic-style soft cheeses produced by Queseria Bendita, according to the Yakima Herald.
Health officials say at least three cases of listeriosis have been linked to the cheeses, including one death in Pierce County and two hospitalizations in Yakima and King counties.
Queseria Bendita, a Yakima-based cheesemaker, has recalled queso fresco, panela, and requeson cheeses. They have also stopped making cheese.
This is not the first time cheese from Queseria Bendita has been linked to an outbreak of listeriosis. In 2010, another outbreak sickened at least five people. Three types of cheeses were recalled.
Last year, Hispanic-style cheeses from Delaware-based Roos Foods were linked to at least eight cases of listeriosis. One death was reported in California. Seven people were hospitalized in Maryland.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria commonly found in soil that causes listeriosis, a serious type of food poisoning.
Complications may include invasive bloodstream infections and meningitis. During pregnancy, complications may include miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, or infection of the newborn.
Symptoms of listeriosis typically appear 3 to 70 days after contaminated food is eaten. These symptoms may include:
- Muscle aches
- Stiff neck
- Loss of balance
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