Washington company recalls cheese over listeria fears

Four products made by Del Bueno are being pulled back.


A Washington company is recalling four varieties of cheese because of concern that it may be contaminated with listeria.

Del Bueno of Grandview, Wash., distributed Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese, Queso Panela Fresh Cheese, Requeson Mexican Style Ricotta Cheese and Queso Enchilado Dry Cheese to retailers in Oregon and Washington and the flea market in Pasco, according to a news release.

No illnesses have been reported, according to the release.

Testing by the Food and Drug Administration and Washington Department of Agriculture found the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The following products are being recalled:

Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese, UPC 75318225028 for 16-ounce package, UPC 753182814063 for three-pound 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 March 15, 2011.

The date code is stamped on the back of the packages. This date code signifies the expiration date. The cheese is packaged either in one- or three-pound plastic vacuum bags.

Consumers who bought Del Bueno brand cheeses are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call Del Bueno at 425-503-3823 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.


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