Listeria in El Abuelito Queso Fresco Prompts Health Warning

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health found Listeria in El Abuelito Queso Fresco in testing that is part of an investigation into an ongoing Listeria outbreak. The health department is warning consumers, restaurants, and retailers in Connecticut not to eat, serve or sell this cheese as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Pregnant women, who can suffer miscarriage or stillbirth if they are infected, seniors and people with compromised immune systems should avoid eating all Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses at this time.

Update 2/21/2021: El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo Queso Fresco cheeses have been recalled. The CDC has linked the current Listeria outbreak to to El Abuelito cheese.

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Based in Paterson, NJ, El Abuelito makes Mexican-style cheese, sour cream and meats, according to its website. After one person in Connecticut who was sickened in the outbreak reported eating that brand of cheese during the month before they became ill, health officials collected samples of the cheese from a retail grocery store for testing.

The product that was positive was a 10-ounce package of El Abuelito Queso Fresco sold as a fresh item in a plastic container with a sticker bearing the lot number A027 and the date of February 26, 2021. Consumers who have purchased this cheese should not eat it.

Consumers who have eaten this cheese and have developed symptoms of a Listeria infection which sometimes begin with abdominal cramps and diarrhea but normally include high fever, headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, should see a doctor immediately and mention exposure to Listeria.

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Listeria Outbreak Linked to Hispanic-style Fresh and Soft Cheeses

The ongoing Listeria outbreak Linked to Hispanic-style Fresh and Soft Cheeses includes seven illnesses in four states. Four of the illnesses were reported in Maryland. Connecticut, New York and Virginia have each reported one case, according to the most recent update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have tremendous experience and an unequaled record of success in representing people harmed by Listeriosis and other foodborne pathogens. Our firm is involved in virtually every major Listeria outbreak and has obtained numerous million and multi-million-dollar recoveries on behalf of people harmed by Listeriosis including some of the largest in American history.

  • $6.4 million for neurologic injury from a contaminated deli product
  • $4.5 million for permanent brain damage from contaminated food
  • $3 million for a pregnant woman who lost her unborn twins after eating contaminated food
  • $1 million for illness from contaminated deli meat

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