The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services [NJDHSS] Food and Drug Safety Program [FDSP] is warning the public not to consume any cheese products produced by El Ranchero del Sur, LLC of South River, New Jersey.
The NJDHSS Public Health Environmental and Agricultural Laboratories confirmed the presence of L. monocytogenes in a sample of Los Corrales Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese and Banana Leaf code dated March 16, 2012.
To date, one New Jersey resident has been confirmed with food borne illness associated with the consumption of the cheese product.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. Common symptoms of exposure to L. monocytogenes can range from high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The owner of El Ranchero del Sur has voluntarily closed operations under the direction of the FDSP and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] while products and the facility are investigated for the presence of L. monocytogenes. All products and ingredients at the facility have been placed under embargo pending the outcome of laboratory testing for L. monocytogenes.
El Ranchero del Sur, LLC will conduct a voluntary recall through the FDA in an effort to retrieve all of its cheese products from retailers and distributors.
These products are primarily found in Mexican and Latin American grocery stores, restaurants and food establishments under the name brands El Ranchero, Los Corrales and Carnes Don Beto with the plant number 34-0013669 marked on the label.
All products are 14 ounces in weight, except for the Queso Hebra Oaxaca String Cheese ball in 10-pound packages. If you have any questions about this product contact Wade Yeoman at Jones Ward, PLC. He can be reached at 502-882-6000 or firstname.lastname@example.org