Rio Lindo brand queso fresco is being recalled in Maryland and North Carolina for potential Listeria contamination. Consumers who have purchased this cheese should not eat it as Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious illness or death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and premature delivery of an infected newborn.
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This recall has been issued in connection with an ongoing queso fresco Listeria outbreak that has sickened 10 people in Maryland, New York, Virginia and Connecticut. Rio Lindo queso fresco is manufactured by El Abuelito of Paterson, NJ. That company produces a variety of cheeses sold under the brand names Rio Lindo, Rio Grande, and El Abuelito. Those cheeses are sold at retail locations in seven states – Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Queso fresco sold under all three brand names is under recall for Listeria risk and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to avoid all products sold under the El Abuelito brand name.
Recalled Rio Lindo queso fresco was sold at retail stores in Maryland and North Carolina. All of them have “sell by” dates through 032821.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, include high fever, severe headache, muscle aches or stiffness, loss of balance, and convulsions. Sometimes those symptoms are preceded by bouts of nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea. Usually, listeriosis symptoms develop within two weeks of exposure but sometimes they can take as long as two months to develop.
In addition to pregnant women, other people at high risk of contracting Listeria infections and suffering severe illness are people over 65 and people with compromised immune systems. If you ate these cheeses and developed symptoms of a Listeria infection see a doctor right away and mention your exposure.
Lab tests show that 10 people in four states are part of this outbreak, two of the illnesses are pregnancy-related. The number of cases reported from each state so far is: New York (4), Maryland (4), Connecticut (1), and Virginia (1). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has contacted nine of the patients, all of them have been hospitalized.
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The lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have extensive experience and an unequaled record of success representing people who contracted listeriosis from contaminated food. Our firm has represented clients in nearly every major Listeria outbreak in the U.S. and has obtained numerous million and multi-million-dollar recoveries for our clients. Some of these awards are 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
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.