Queseria Bendita cheeses recalled for Listeria contamination

Legal news for product liability attorneys. The FDA and Queseria Bendita have recalled three types of cheeses.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Product liability lawyers alert- Queseria Bendita cheese was recalled for Listeria monocytogenes.

Yakima, WA—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) http://www.fda.gov/ and Queseria Bendita of Yakima, has recalled three types of cheeses–Queso Fresco, Panela and Requeson– due to the possibility that the cheese is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was announced on Friday, February 19, 2010, as reported by the FDA.

The recalled Queso Fresco, Panela and Requeson cheese was sold at Queseria Bendita’s retail stores, and distributed in Washington and Oregon in Hispanic markets. The Queso Fresco cheese was sold in a one-and three-pound vacuum packed wheels; the Panela cheese was vacuum-sealed in one-and three-pound sizes; the Requeson was sold in eight-ounce and one-pound clear plastic tubes. There is a green label that identifies each type of cheese with the Queseria Bendita brand name and date codes, which includes “Apr 30 2010.” At this time there has been one confirmed illness in Washington related to these recalled products.

The recall was prompted after a public health investigation led to the discovery of the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. While the Washington State Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and Queseria Bendita investigate the issue, all production and distribution of the product has been halted. Anyone who has purchased the recalled product is advised to return it to the place of purchase to receive a full refund. All questions can be directed to Queseria Bendita at 1-509-574-8587 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, which are characterized as a high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for product liability lawyers.