Grandview company recalls fresh cheese due to possible contamination

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A Grandview, Wash., company is recalling is recalling all 16-ounce packages of "Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese" with a date stamp of Sept. 14, 2011, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The product sold by Del Bueno was sold in retail markets in the state and at the Pasco flea market, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, officials said.

The cheese is packaged in round clear plastic packages and is stamped on the back with the expiration date.

This recall is the result of a routine sampling program by Washington State Department of Agriculture that found the cheese to be contaminated with Listeria.

The company will be notifying its customers and requesting that those stores stop sales of the cheese.

Consumers who have purchased it are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

For more information call 425-503-3823.

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