FDA Warns New York and Pennsylvania Consumers of Tainted Cheese

March 12, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat two cheeses made by a New York City company due to possible bacterial contamination.

Peregrina Cheese Corp. has recalled its “Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese” Mexican-style soft cheese and “Queso Cotija Molido” Mexican-style grated cheese.

The soft cheese is in a 14-ounce foil wrapped package marked with lot number 4469 or 4477.

The grated cheese is in 15-ounce clear plastic bags that are marked with plant number 36-1388.

The agency says samples of the cheeses were tested and found to be contaminated with Listeria bacteria, which can cause illnesses.

The cheeses were distributed in New York City and to stores in Scranton and Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in early February. No illnesses have been reported.

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