Today, the FDA issued a recall of a product called Queso Fresco made by a company called Peregrina Cheese Corporation. Unfortunately, this is not the first recall of this type of product from this company. It only appears that New York and Pennsylvania have been affected so far.
Visit the FDA’s site for the entire recall information, FDA Warns Consumers About Potentially Contaminated Cheese.:
The company is recalling two lots of its Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese Mexican style soft cheese and one lot of its Queso Cotija Molido Mexican style grated cheese.
The Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese comes in a 14-ounce foil wrapped packages marked with lot number 4469 or 4477 affixed to each package on a white sticker and bearing UPC number 8 17424 00024 6 and Plant # 36-8431.
The Queso Cotija Molido Cheese comes in 15-ounce clear plastic bags that are marked with UPC number 8 17424 00027 7 and Plant # 36-1388, but do not contain a lot number or production date.
Both products were distributed to retail stores in the New York City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan, and two towns in Pennsylvania (Scranton and Hazelton) in early February. The company has contacted all its customers and instructed them to destroy all affected products in their inventory.
Consumers who purchased any of the products are urged to discard them immediately. Although the FDA detected Listeria monocytogenes in only one production date of Peregrina Cheese Corporation’s Queso Cotija Molido Cheese, the agency is urging consumers to discard all of these products because they do not contain a lot code or production day code to allow consumers to distinguish between a product that is of concern and a product that is not of concern.
Pregnant women are especially cautioned against eating any types of raw cheeses on account of potential Listeria contamination, this is because listeria can cross the placental barrier.
If you’d like to read more about this company and their recall history check out this article on efoodalert.com