Listeria Outbreak Linked to Queso Fresco Made by El Abuelito Cheese Inc.

Posted on March 1, 2021 by


The CDC has posted the following outbreak on its website.

Important information:

  1. Illnesses: 10
  2. Hospitalizations: 9
  3. Deaths: 0
  4. States: 4
  5. Recall: Yes
  6. Investigation status: Active

Queso fresco product labels:

  • On February 19, El Abuelito Cheese Inc. recalled all queso fresco products made at the same facility with sell-by dates through 03/28/21.
    • These queso fresco products were sold under the brand names of El Abuelito, Rio Grande, and Rio Lindo.
    • The El Abuelito brand 5-lb product may be repacked by stores and sold without a brand label or with a different brand.
  • Connecticut officials found the outbreak strain of Listeria in samples of El Abuelito brand queso fresco cheese collected from a store where a sick person bought El Abuelito brand cheeses.

Quesillo (Oaxaca, string cheese) and requeson (ricotta) cheese

  • El Abuelito brand quesillo and requeson cheeses were made or packed in the same facility as the contaminated queso fresco.
  • Investigators are working with El Abuelito Cheese Inc. to identify any additional brands or products that may be contaminated.


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