A California cheese and dairy company is recalling more than 60 products sold nationwide following a listeria outbreak that killed two people and sickened dozens more, federal health officials said Tuesday .
New evidence links products made by Modesto, Calif.-based Rizo-López Foods to the outbreak first detected nearly a decade ago, in June 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At least 26 people in 11 states have been affected by the outbreak, according to the CDC. One person died in California in 2017 and another death occurred in Texas in 2020, the agency said. The CDC investigated the outbreak in 2017 and 2021, but did not have enough information to identify a specific brand.
The CDC and Food and Drug Administration reopened an investigation last month after Hawaii authorities detected listeria in a sample of Rizo Brothers Aged Cotija. This resulted in a limited recall on January 11, which has now been expanded.
The recalled products now include cheese, yogurt and sour cream sold under the following brands, Rizo-López said in an advisory released Tuesday by the FDA (see the list of recalled products here.)
- Tio Francisco
- Don Francisco
- Rizo Bros.
- Rio Grande
- Gastronomic city
- El Huache
- La Ordena
- San Carlos
- Sainte Marie
- Dos Ranchitos
- Cardenas House,
- 365 Whole Foods Market
The recalled products were sold in more than 600 Walmart stores across 12 states: Alabama, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin. They also sold in 28 Sam’s Club stores in six states: Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.
The products were also sold at deli counters of retailers such as El Super, Cardenas Market, Northgate Gonzalez, Superior Groceries, El Rancho, Vallarta, Food City, La Michoacana and Numero Uno Markets.
Consumers are urged to throw away the recalled products. Surfaces and containers that come into contact with products should be disinfected, as listeria can survive in refrigerated environments and spread. Consumers with questions can call the company at (833) 296-2233.
In related news, Taylor Fresh Canada Foods is recalling salad kits sold across Canada because products sold under the Taylor Fresh and President’s Choice brands were made with the recalled cheese, according to a notice published Wednesday by the agency Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
According to the CDC, listeria is most likely to affect pregnant people and newborns, people 65 and older, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of infection usually appear within two weeks after eating contaminated food and may include fever, muscle aches, nausea, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. More severe cases may also include headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures.
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