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Department of Health Confirms Listeria Contamination in Queso Fresco and Ricotta Cheese

The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) advises consumers of additional products manufactured by Azteca Linda Corp. that should not be consumed. HEALTH’s Laboratory confirmed that these two products tested positive for the bacteria that causes listeria. HEALTH expects these products to be recalled. The two products that tested positive for the bacteria that cause listeria are: Queso Fresco, brand name Queso El Azteca, expiration date of 09/12/2010 Ricotta Cheese (Requeson), brand name Queso El Azteca, expiration date of 09/19/2010 Symptoms of listeria can include fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain or diarrhea. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages or still births among pregnant women. Young children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems can be at increased risk for more serious symptoms. Anyone who experiences these symptoms and has eaten this product should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 08-30-2010

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