FDA: Genetic Test Confirms El Abuelito Queso Fresco Link to Outbreak

Whole genome sequencing tests confirm that the Listeria strain found by Connecticut health officials in El Abuelito queso fresco matches strain linked to an ongoing four-state outbreak, according to an update on the Listeria outbreak from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). El Abuelito Cheese Inc. of Paterson, NJ issued a queso freso recall for cheeses sold under the brand names El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage or stillbirth.

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The outbreak currently includes seven illnesses in four states, Connecticut (1), Maryland (4) New York (1) and Virginia (1).  The recalled cheeses are sold in all of these states. Health officials have interviewed five of the patients to find out which foods they remembered eating before they became ill. Four of them said they ate queso fresco one mentioned El Abuelito brand by name another mentioned Rio Grande brand by name.

Symptoms of a Listeria infection include headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions.  Usually, these symptoms appear within two weeks of exposure but sometimes they can take as long as 70 days to develop.

If you ate any of these cheeses and developed these symptoms, see a doctor right away. If you or a family member are part of this outbreak and would like a free consultation with our experienced team of Listeria lawyers, please contact us today by calling 888-377-8900 (toll-free), texting 612-261-0856 or by completing the form below.

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