Del Bueno recalls Queso Fresco Cheese

altOn September 16th, 2011, Del Bueno of Grandview, WA recalled all 16 oz. size  packages of Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese with a date stamp of Sept 14, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated.

What do you need to know about this Recall?

There is some potential for these Cheeses to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese was sold in retail markets in Washington and at the Pasco, WA flea market.

The cheese is packaged in round clear plastic 16oz. packages, and is stamped on the back with a code date of “Sep 14 2011”.

This recall is the result of a routine sampling program by Washington State Department of Agriculture which revealed that the cheese is contaminated with Listeria.  The company will be notifying their customers and requesting that they stop sales of this product. Del Bueno is working with FDA to conduct their recall.

What should you do if you have purchased or still possess some of this product?

Consumers who have purchased Del Bueno brand Queso Fresco are urged to immediately discontinue usage and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact the company at 425-503-3823 between 8:00am and 4:00pm Pacific time. Further information can also be acquired from the FDA website