The Centers for Disease Control and Food & Drug Administration are investigating a Listeria outbreak that has shown up in several states and it’s thought to be linked to soft “Hispanic-style cheeses” like queso fresco, queso blanco and queso panela.
No specific brands or types have been identified, but so far, people in Connecticut, Maryland, New York and Virginia have been hospitalized with symptoms. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause nausea, fatigue, headache, body aches and fever and people over 65 and pregnant women are especially susceptible.
The FDA says to make sure your fresh and soft cheeses are made with pasteurized milk and the label and packaging clearly state that fact. Those folks are advised against consuming Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses until an exact product brand can be identified as the culprit. For up-to-date information from the FDA, CLICK HERE.