The FDA and CDC are investigating cheese sold nationwide being recalled after a deadly listeria outbreak.

The FDA and CDC are investigating cheese sold nationwide being recalled after a deadly listeria outbreak.

Federal health officials are investigating, and a company is voluntarily recalling all of its dairy products after a listeria outbreak in several states that killed two people and hospitalized 23 others.

Federal authorities are investigating a 10-year-old listeria outbreak linked to fresh Spanish-style cheese that killed at least two people and sickened dozens of others. Epidemiological evidence traces bacterial outbreaks in cheeses such as queso fresco and cotija, but investigators have been unable to pinpoint the source until recently.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun a field inspection of a California-based Rizo Lopez Foods facility after patients were hospitalized after eating the company’s Don Francisco brand queso fresco or cotija, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The company originally recalled its wall products and similar cheeses after an investigation showed a possible link to a Listeria monocytogenes infection dating back to 2017. The company expanded that recall to include its entire line of dairy products following the results of a sample taken by the Hawaii State Department. From the Food and Drug Health Branch in January, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

While the results of that investigation are still being processed, a sample from the company’s old cotija tested positive for listeria, leading to the full recall on Tuesday.

The expanded recall by California-based Rizo Lopez Foods now includes all cheeses, yogurts and creamers sold under the brand names Tio Francisco, Don Francisco, Rizo Bros and others.

The products are sold in grocery stores across the country under a variety of names, which Rizo Lopez Foods said in a statement include prepared food counters at El Super, Cardenas Market, Northgate Gonzalez, Superior Groceries, El Rancho, Vallarta and Food City, And La Michoacana, and. Numero Uno Markets, noting that the list does not include all potential retailers.

Cases of Listeria with possible links to cheese have been confirmed in California, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

Listeria is a bacteria that can cause fever, muscle pain, nausea, and diarrhea — and is most dangerous for older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.

Two illnesses linked to the outbreak occurred during pregnancy, one of which resulted in fetal loss, according to the CDC.

The company has stopped producing and distributing cheese and dairy products pending ongoing investigations.

Consumers experiencing symptoms are urged to contact their healthcare providers first to receive care. Illnesses or complaints may be reported to FDA consumer complaint coordinators. More information is available on the department’s website.

A product within the scope of the recall must be thrown away or returned to the retailer, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The recall affects dairy products sold under these names:

  • Uncle Francisco
  • Rizzo Bros
  • Food city
  • St. Charles
  • Cardenas house
  • farms
  • Santa Maria
  • margin,
  • command – request,
  • St. Charles
  • Don Francisco
  • Big river
  • Two ranchitos
  • 365 Whole Foods Market

Detailed information about the products is available on the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.

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