FDA warns against eating certain cheeses due to health risk

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating illness from an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to queso fresco and cotija cheeses made by Rizo Lopez Foods Inc. 

On Feb. 6, the FDA issued a warning advising consumers not to eat, sell or serve recalled cheeses, sour creams or yogurts made by the Modesto, California, company. Twenty-six illnesses and 23 hospitalizations have been reported in 11 states. 

Symptoms usually start within two weeks after eating food contaminated with Listeria but may start as early as the same day or as late as 10 weeks after. Mild symptoms may include a fever, muscle aches, nausea, tiredness, vomiting and diarrhea. If the more severe form of listeriosis develops, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.  

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