DPH expands list of contaminated cheese products recalled due to multistate listeria outbreak


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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/WTNH) — The Department of Health is warning of a multistate listeria outbreak connected to 17 Hispanic-style cheese products.

El Abuelito Cheese is recalling all of its “Queso Fresco” products out of an abundance of caution.

Seven people have fallen ill after eating the cheese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including one Connecticut resident.

The recalled queso products have sell-by dates through March 28, and were distributed through Feb. 16 to supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores in several states.

The queso was sold under three different brands: El Abuelito, Rio Grande Foods and Rio Lindo.

On Wednesday, the Connecticut Department of Public Health has expanded its warning to
consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any soft cheeses produced by El Abuelito Cheese Company of Paterson, NJ.

Full list of recalled queso products »

The investigation into the potential contamination began when the Connecticut Department of Public Health collected samples from the store where the sick resident had purchased them, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Right now, it’s unclear whether the source of the contamination is from El Abuelito, however, the company has ceased the production and distribution of the products as the investigation continues.

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