Cheese Recall Expanded to Include 15 More Products After Listeria Outbreak
The manufacturer halted production while health officials investigate.
In late February, New Jersey dairy manufacturer El Abuelito Cheese halted production and recalled 17 of its soft cheeses while the FDA, CDC, and local health authorities investigated a listeria outbreak that officials believe is linked to the products.
Now, that recall has expanded to include all El Abuelito Cheese products, not just soft cheeses. That totals to more than 30 products—soft cheeses, Oaxacan cheeses, and ricottas—some of which won't immediately be identifiable as El Abuelito products.
The recalled cheeses have been distributed in at least seven states under several brand names. If you've recently purchased soft cheese in Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, or Virginia, you should check your fridge.
Recalled Queso FrescosAny queso frescos, or soft cheeses, from the El Abuelito Cheese, Rio Grande, or Rio Lindo brands with a "sell by" date through March 28, 2021 should be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. You can find the full list of the affected soft cheeses on the FDA's website.
Recalled QuesillosThe recalled Quesillo cheeses, also known as Oaxacan and string cheeses, are sold under many different brand names. If you have a Quesillo cheese from El Abuelito Cheese, El Viejito, El Paisano, El Sabrosito, La Cima, Quesos Finos, San Carlos, or Ideal, it should not be consumed—specifically products from those brands with a "sell by" date through April 16, 2021.
With Quesillos in particular, take extra caution if you're in one of the states that receives products from El Abuelito's manufacturing plant. "Retailers may have repackaged the bulk Quesillo into smaller containers and sold this repackage product to consumers. This repackaged product may not bear the original labeling and product information," warns the FDA.