The United States Food and Drug Administration has announced a recall of an unknown number of packaged cheeses produced by Quesos La Ricura. The Cotija cheese may be contaminated by a deadly form of E Coli.
Random Sample Reveals Contamination
A random safety test by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services revealed that certain packages of Quesos La Ricura Cotija Cheese may be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli.
While E. Coli is bad enough on its own, this particular type of bacteria also produces Shiga toxin, which can lead to kidney damage or failure and, ultimately, death.
According to the CDC, between 5-10% of people who get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli will develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Signs of this potentially deadly complication include:
- urinating less often
- feeling very tired
- losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids
Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported because of the contaminated cheese, but consumers are instructed not to risk eating it. Instead, you should bring it back to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.
The Hicksville, NY, company Quesos La Ricura LTD. has issued a voluntary recall of 12 oz. packages of their Cotija cheese that were distributed to retail stores in New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.
The product is labeled “Quesos La Ricura Queso Cotija, Cotija Cheese aged over 60 days” and comes packaged in a yellow Styrofoam container wrapped in plastic. The UPC for the affected cheese is 7 69087 00933 6. Look for a sell-by date of May 20, 2020-3/ May 20, 2020-4.
If you have questions, please contact the company at (516) 932-5756; M-F, 9 am- 3 pm EST.