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Daily Q&A: What should I know about Quesos Mi Pueblito cheeses?

Does the cheese from the New Jersey cheese manufacturer that the federal government is looking to shut down affect us in Florida? What is the problem?

Yes, New Jersey cheese manufacturer Quesos Mi Pueblito distributed cheese to supermarkets in Florida, five other states and the District of Columbia.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked the federal courts to shut down the company because of insanitary conditions at the plant and contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The Centers for Disease Control says:

A person with listeriosis has fever, muscle aches, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur.

Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage or stillbirth, premature delivery, or infection of the newborn.

The FDA says the products produced by Quesos Mi Pueblito include queso oaxaca, queso fresco, queso requeson and queso cotija molido.

For more information visit: www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm196119.htm.

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Daily Q&A: What should I know about Quesos Mi Pueblito cheeses? 01/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 11:13am]
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