Costco & Trader Joe’s Items Recalled After Listeria Outbreak Leaves 2 Dead

Queso Fresco & Cotija Cheese RecalledFDA

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A popular Super Bowl snack was recalled Tuesday due to a multi-state Listeria outbreak that has caused multiple hospitalizations and two deaths.

The recall was expanded Thursday to include enchiladas, bean dip, dressings, and sauces sold at stores including Albertson's, Costco and Trader Joe's.

According to a food safety alert published on February 6 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rizo-López Foods recalled all cheeses and other dairy products made in their facility. Those cheeses include queso fresco and cotija—both common ingredients in Super Bowl snacks like tacos and guacamole.

The FDA has been updating their full list of products, with photos, that have been recalled. 365 Whole Foods Market, Tio Francisco, Santa Maria, and Rio Grande are just a handful of the stores that distribute Rizo-López Foods products.

As USA Today reported, the brand Fresh Creative, a division of Reser Foods, also "recalled several products because they are made with a cheese ingredient supplied by Rizo-López Foods." These items have been sold at stores such as Costco, H-E-B, Trader Joe’s, and Albertson’s.

The CDC says that 26 people in 11 states have been infected with this strain of listeria. Of that number, 23 people have been hospitalized and two have died. Because many sick people may have been unable to test for listeria due to lack of health insurance, the number of those infected could be much higher.

No one should not eat the recalled products from Rizo-López Foods. Instead, the CDC advises that they trash them or return them to where they were purchased.

Given that Listeria can easily spread to other foods and surfaces, you should also clean your refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that may have touched the recalled items.

If you experience any of the following symptoms after coming in contact with the recalled products, you should contact a healthcare provider immediately:

Pregnant people: Fever, muscle aches, and tiredness.

People who are not pregnant: Fever, muscle aches, and tiredness. They may also get a headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures.

Again, here is the full list of recalled products on the FDA's website.

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