Quesos La Ricura LTD E. coli Lawyer Update: Cotija Cheese Recalled Due to E. coli Risks.
A New York company Quesos La Ricura LTD issued a recall on their 12 oz. packages of Cotija Cheese (Queso Cotija) on January 24, 2020. The reason for the recall of the cheese products was due to the contamination of Shiga-toxin producing E. coli (STEC) bacteria. The company issued the voluntary recall after being informed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of the contamination, which they discovered after a random sample testing of the products.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in their recall announcement that to date no illnesses have been reported as linked to the recalled product. The contaminated cheese products were distributed in plastic-wrapped yellow Styrofoam containers which had labels with the printing “Quesos La Ricura Queso Cotija, Cotija Cheese aged over 60 days”. The UPC numbers provided were 7 69087 00933 6 and the “Sell by Date” of the products is May 20, 2020– 3/ May 20, 2020-4. The products were distributed through a retail store in NY, NC, PA, GA, and FL.
The FDA and Quesos La Ricura LTD have advised consumers who may have purchased the contaminated cheese product to either dispose of it in properly or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers who ate any the contaminated product should contact their primary health provider if they begin feeling symptoms such as severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea which can at times be bloody, and vomiting. STEC can in more severe cases develop into a potentially life-threatening complication known as a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS is a serious condition affecting the blood, and blood vessels, in the body it largely results from the abnormal destruction of red blood cells and platelets by bacterial virulence factors like Shiga toxin.
Ron Simon, a national E. coli Lawyer, stated “Contracting an infection or illness from something you eat is always distressing, but when doing so results in the acute onset of HUS, it becomes potentially life-threatening. HUS is a serious illness that in almost every case requires hospitalization and can lead to a host of life-long complications for those strong enough to recover. The ultimate cause of STEC contaminated food is a failure by food manufacturers to follow routine food preparation, handling, and storage guidelines – a failure that allows fecal matter into the food.”
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