The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a food safety alert for recalled cheese, yogurt and sour cream that may be linked to an 11-state listeria outbreak that sickened 26 people, hospitalized 23 and two People died.
Rizo-López Foods issued a voluntary recall Monday for all cheeses and other dairy products manufactured at its Modesto, Calif., plant “because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogene.”.”
In a press release, the company said the recalled products include cheese, yogurt and sour cream.
The dairy products were sold under the brand names Tio Francisco, Don Francisco, Rizo Bros, Rio Grande, Food City, El Huache, La Ordena, San Carlos, Campesino, Santa Maria, Dos Ranchitos, Casa Cardenas and 365 Whole Foods Market.
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According to the CDC, 26 people from 11 states have been infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria.
The agency noted that 23 of the infected people were hospitalized and two people died in Texas and California.
The CDC noted that the “actual number” of people sickened by this listeria outbreak is “likely higher” because some people recover without medical care or are never tested.
The CDC said it had been tracking this strain of listeria for years before the Rizo-López Foods recall occurred.
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“CDC investigated this outbreak in 2017 and 2021. Epidemiological evidence in previous investigations identified queso fresco and other similar cheeses as a potential source of the outbreak, but there was insufficient information to identify a specific…