Thursday, November 18, 2010

Del Bueno Recalls Cheese Because Of Possible Health Risk

Del Bueno of Grandview, WA has recalled all size packages of the foollowing cheeses manufactured by them:
  • Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese
  • Queso Panela Fresh Cheese
  • Requeson Mexican Style Ricotta Cheese
  • Queso Enchilado Dry Cheese 
This recall is the result of environmental samples and finished product samples taken  by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the finished product samples taken by Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). The test results revealed that the cheeses are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes contamination can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include largely short-term symptoms such as fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

UPC dates of the products being recalled are as follows:
  • Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese, UPC 75318225028 for 16 oz. package, UPC 753182814063 for 3 lbs. package, date code up to and including Feb 10 2011.
  • Queso Panela Fresh Cheese, UPC 753182814056, date code up to and including Feb 10 2011.
  • Requeson Mexican Style Ricotta Cheese, UPC 753182814070, date code up to and including Jan 10 2011
  • Queso Enchilado Dry Cheese, no UPC date code up to and including Mar 15 2011.
These c heeses were distributed by Del Bueno to retail markets in Washington and Oregon and to the flea market in Pasco, WA. You can find the expiration date code stamped on the back of the packages. The cheese is packaged either in 1 lb. or 3 lbs. plastic vacuum bags. Del Bueno has notified their customers and has pulled the products from retail stores and the company is working with FDA to conduct the recall. If you have purchased Del Bueno brand cheeses are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Del Bueno
Jesus Rodriguez
425-503-3823 (8am-5pm PST)

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