March 10, 2009

FDA issues contaminated cheese warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat certain Queso-brand Mexican style cheese because of possible contamination.

The FDA said Quesco Fresco Fresh Mexican Style Soft Cheese and Queso Cotija Molido Mexican Style Grated Cheese manufactured and distributed by the Peregrina Cheese Corp. of New York might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.

The Queso Fresco Fresh cheese is sold in 14-ounce foil wrapped packages marked with lot number 4469 or 4477 affixed to each package on a white sticker. The Queso Cotija Molido cheese is packaged in 15-ounce clear plastic bags that are marked with UPC number 8 17424 00027 7 and Plant # 36-1388, but do not contain a lot number or production date.

Both products were distributed to retail stores in the New York City area and in Scranton and Hazelton, Pa., in early February.

Consumers with questions can contact the company at 718-456-2391.