Listeria Outbreak Linked to Queso Fresco Made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.
Posted May 14, 2021
This outbreak is over. Even when there are no ongoing outbreaks, do not eat soft cheeses like queso fresco, unless they are labeled “made with pasteurized milk.” This is especially important for people who are at higher risk for Listeria illness.
- Illnesses: 13
- Hospitalizations: 12
- Deaths: 1
- States: 4
- Recall: Yes
- Investigation status: Closed
El Abuelito queso fresco
- Don’t eat any soft cheeses like queso fresco, unless they are labeled “made with pasteurized milk.” This is especially important if you are pregnant, aged 65 or older, or have a weakened immune system due to certain medical conditions or treatments. This is because you are at higher risk for severe Listeria illness.
- Be aware that Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses made with pasteurized milk have caused Listeria outbreaks, including this outbreak. Although pasteurization of milk kills Listeria, soft cheeses made from pasteurized milk can still become contaminated if they are produced in facilities with unsanitary conditions.
- FDA: Outbreak Investigation of Listeria – Hispanic-Style Fresh and Soft Cheesesexternal icon
- FDA: El Abuelito Expands Recall to Include Queso Fresco, Quesillo, and Requeson Productsexternal icon
- FDA: El Abuelito Cheese Inc. Recalls Queso Frescoexternal icon
- FDA: List of Stores that Received El Abuelito Brand Cheesesexternal icon
- CT: DPH Warns of Contaminated Cheese, Cites Recall of Queso Fresco Varietiesexternal icon
- CT: DPH Issues Warning on El Abuelito Queso Fresco Cheeseexternal icon
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