Sixteen types of Lacteos Santa Martha crema and queso is under U.S. government recall in connection with listeriosis illnesses from the food poisoning pathogen Listeria monocytogenes. The cheese and cream recall published by the Food and Drug Administration doesn't specify how many people have been sickened or where they live. But the recalled products were distributed in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina from April 1st thought October 14.
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Oasis Brands Inc. of Miami makes Lacteos Santa Martha queso and crema. The Lacteos Santa Martha recall marks at least the second time this year that federal regulators have acted to stop an outbreak of listeriosis associated with latin-style soft cheese or cream. In February, March and April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provided public updates on Listeria monocytogenes findings in Roos Foods products that the agency linked to an outbreak of eight confirmed illnesses, including one death, two mother-newborn pairs and a newborn. The feds halted production at Roos Foods as part of that investigation.
As the Roos Foods outbreak showed, pregnant women are especially vulnerable to Listeria infection. Symptoms of listeriosis vary, but usually involve fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea. Infections tend to be invasive and others who are at risk for serious illness are older adults, young children and people who have suppressed or weakened immune systems.
About 800 laboratory-confirmed cases of listeriosis are reported each year in the United States, and typically 3 or 4 outbreaks are identified and reported to CDC annually. Some foods that have been linked to outbreaks in recent years include several types of cheeses, including Mexican-style cheeses and creams.