A possible bacterial contamination has become reason for a Miami company to recall 6,000 pounds of cheese from California.
As stated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the affeced cheese brand is Queso Duro Blando. This cheese is distributed by La Nica Products Inc. Authorities determined the cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This bacteria causes Listeriosis, which many know as Listeria, which is a disease that causes long-lasting flu-like symptoms in people who contract it.
So, what is Listeria Monocytogenes?
It is an organism in which can cause serious and at times fatal infections especially in young children, frail or elderly people, and anyone else who has a weakened immune system. It is a serious danger to pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriages and still births. For all other healthy adults, it can cause flu like symptoms. While listeriosis infections tend to be rather mild, they tend to persist for a long time. Those who contract it can experience these symptoms for as long as two months after infection.
Which tons of cheese should you avoid?
The expiration date of the cheese that has been effected is August 31, 2017. Also, the UPC code is 8 52304 74023 2 and 254 is the lot number. No illnesses has yet been reported and the Florida Department of Agriculture is conducting tests regarding the recall.
For the time being, it may be best to simply avoid this particular brand altogether. Of course, the brand has quality control measures in place, and if only three tons of the cheese are part of the recall, it’s likely the rest of their cheese is fine. However, given the risk, especially for pregnant women, is it worth the risk? We think that it’d be better to simply ignore that brand and switch to something else you trust.