Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Recalled Cheeses in Texas

A deadly listeria outbreak in Texas, linked to Rizo-Lopez Foods’ queso fresco and cotija, prompts widespread cheese recall.

Texas has reported a severe listeria outbreak that caused one death. Authorities traced the source of the outbreak to contaminated cheese products, such as queso fresco and cotija. Rizo-Lopez Foods, Inc., based in California, manufactured these products. The outbreak has prompted an extensive recall of over 60 dairy products, including popular items like yogurt and sour cream, sold under various brand names such as Tio Francisco, Don Francisco, Rizo Bros, Rio Grande, and 365 Whole Foods Market. These products reached supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide through distribution.

Public health officials are urging consumers who may have purchased any of the recalled items to either discard them or return them to the place of purchase. They also advise thorough cleaning of any surfaces or containers that may have come into contact with the recalled products, as listeria bacteria can survive in refrigeration and easily spread.

Listeria infection can be particularly dangerous, leading to severe health complications such as headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, especially among pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with weakened immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have confirmed the link between the outbreak and Rizo-Lopez Foods, emphasizing the ongoing risk posed by these contaminated products.

This outbreak is a stark reminder of the importance of food safety and the devastating impact that contaminated food products can have on public health. Consumers are advised to stay informed and heed warnings issued by health officials to prevent further illness.

For detailed information on the recalled products and guidance on listeria infection, consumers can refer to official health advisories and the FDA outbreak notice.

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