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61 dairy products recalled for possible listeria contamination, deadly outbreak linked

60 dairy products recalled due to listeria contamination, resulting in 2 deaths, 23 hospitalizations, and 26 illnesses in 11 states.

More than 60 dairy products have been recalled due to potential listeria contamination, leading to an outbreak that has resulted in two deaths and numerous hospitalizations and illnesses across 11 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 23 hospitalizations and 26 illnesses linked to this outbreak.

Rizo-López Foods, Inc. has voluntarily recalled various dairy products, including cheese, sour cream, and yogurt, sold nationwide at deli counters under different brand names. These include Campesino, Casa Cardenas, Don Francisco, Dos Ranchitos, El Huache, Food City, La Ordena, Rio Grande, Rizo Bros, San Carlos, Santa Maria, Tio Francisco, and 365 Whole Foods Market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provided a news release with a full product list and photos of the recalled items.

The recalled products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a harmful organism that can cause severe and sometimes fatal infections, particularly in young children, elderly individuals, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women are at risk of miscarriages and stillbirths if infected.

Consumers are advised to check their refrigerators and freezers for the recalled products and dispose of them. The CDC also recommends cleaning the refrigerator, containers, and surfaces that may have come into contact with the recalled items, as listeria can easily spread to other foods.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should seek immediate medical attention. Pregnant individuals may experience fever, muscle aches, and tiredness, while non-pregnant individuals may also have fever, muscle aches, tiredness, as well as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or seizures.

For any inquiries, consumers can contact the company at 1-833-296-2233, which is monitored 24 hours a day. It is crucial to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to prevent further illnesses and complications associated with this outbreak.

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