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Queso Fresco Listeria Lawsuit

Queso Fresco Listeria Lawsuit

Hispanic-style fresh soft cheese (queso fresco) has been linked to outbreaks of Listeria food poisoning.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Queso Fresco induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Listeria food poisoning after eating Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: El Abuelito Recalls 17 Queso Fresco Cheese Products for Listeria Risk

February 19, 2021 — El Abuelito has recalled 17 varieties of queso fresco (Hispanic-style fresh, soft cheese) due to a risk of Listeria. The recall involves all queso fresco with sell-by dates through 032821 (March 28, 2021).

The recall includes the following El Abuelito® Queso Fresco products in Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York:

  • El Abuelito Queso Fresco Regular
  • El Abuelito Queso Fresco Promoción
  • El Abuelito Queso Fresco de Hoja
  • El Abuelito Queso Fresco
  • El Abuelito Queso Fresco Guatemala

The recall includes the following Rio Grande Food Products® Queso Fresco products in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland:

  • Chirilagua Queso de Hacienda
  • Queso Fresco Campestre con Hoja
  • Queso Fresco Campestre Artesanal
  • Queso Fresco con Hoja
  • Queso Fresco Yorito
  • Queso Fresco Olancho
  • Cuajada Fresca Guatemalteca
  • Cuajada Fresca Hondureña
  • Cuajada Fresca Salvadoreña

The recall includes the following Rio Lindo® Queso Fresco products in North Carolina and Maryland:

  • Rio Lindo Queso Fresco Mexicano
  • Rio Lindo Queso Fresco Hondureño
  • Rio Lindo Queso Fresco Salvadoreño

El Abuelito Queso Fresco Tests Positive for Listeria

On February 16, 2021, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) warned that El Abuelito Queso Fresco tested positive for Listeria bacteria.

Where Did It Come From?

El Abuelito Queso Fresco was collected from a store in Connecticut where a sick person reported buying Hispanic-style cheese. Investigators are testing it to determine if the strain of Listeria matches the strain in a multi-state outbreak of Listeria food poisoning.

El Abuelito is a cheese-maker in Paterson, New Jersey. The product that tested positive for Listeria came in a 10-ounce plastic container, with Lot #A027 and Expiration Date: February 26, 2021.

Hispanic-Style Cheese Linked to Listeria Outbreak

In February 2021, the CDC warned that 7 people in 4 states were hospitalized with Listeria infections after eating Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheese.

How Many People Are Sick?

As of February 12, 2021, the case count by state is Connecticut (1), Maryland (4), New York (1), and Virginia (1). The illnesses started on dates ranging from October 20, 2020 through January 22, 2021.

What is the Problem With Queso Fresco?

Queso fresco and other Hispanic-style soft cheeses made from pasteurized milk have caused several Listeria outbreaks in past years. Pasteurizing milk is supposed to kill Listeria, but cheese that is made from pasteurized milk can still become contaminated with Listeria when it is made in unsanitary facilities.

What is the Risk?

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause severe, life-threatening infections that spread beyond the digestive system into the brain and other parts of the body. High-risk people include pregnant women, adults 65 years or older, and people with weak immune systems due to medical conditions.

Symptoms of Listeria Food Poisoning

Pregnant women may have few symptoms (fever, fatigue, muscle aches), but suffer a miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, or a life-threatening infection in the newborn baby.

Non-pregnant people may have symptoms like a fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.

The symptoms of a severe illness usually begin 1 to 4 weeks after eating food that was contaminated with Listeria, but symptoms may start as early as the same day or as late as 70 days after.

Do I have a Queso Fresco Listeria Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Queso Fresco induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with Listeria food poisoning after eating Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese), you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Food Poisoning Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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