Trader Joe’s, Costco and other stores recalling products made with cheese linked to Listeria outbreak

Companies including Trader Joe’s and Costco are recalling products because they were made with cheese and other products linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak.

The cheese and other products causing the problem were produced by Rizo Lopez Foods of Modesto, CA. The company’s cheese has been determined by DNA typing to be the cause of a decade-long Listeria outbreak that has sickened at least 26 people and killed two, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rizo Lopez has recalled more than 60 of its products.

New recalls include foods sold at Trader Joe’s, Costco, H-E-B and Albertson’s after the company Fresh Creative Foods recalled various dressings, sauces and a meal kit. 

The Fresh Creative Foods products impacted by the recall include certain cremas, everything sauces, cilantro cotija dressing, poblano Caeser dressing, cilantro dressing and a street taco meal kit.

Item UPC Item Name Size Impacted Use By Date Range
71117.00489 DON PANCHO CILANTRO LIME CREMA TWIN PACK 2-pack of 32 oz bottles 3/21/2024 – 4/4/2024
71117.00741 DON PANCHO EVERYTHING SAUCE FIESTA 3 PACK 3-pack of 12 oz bottles 3/11/2024 – 3/26/2024
41220.94799 HEB CILANTRO COTIJA DRESSING 12 oz bottle 1/13/2024 – 3/30/2024
41220.94807 HEB POBLANO CAESAR DRESSING 12 oz bottle 1/14/2024 – 3/31/2024
3.64201 TRADER JOES CILANTRO DRESSING 12 oz bottle 2/19/2024 – 5/14/2024
71117.12500 DON PANCHO CHICKEN STREAT TACO EXPRESS MEAL KIT 22 oz tray 12/12/2023 – 3/17/2024

In addition to these products, Costco reported other items have been impacted by the recall. These include their Southwest Wraps, Chicken Street Taco Kits and Rojo’s 6 Layer Dip.

Trader Joe’s also issued an additional recall for other products that contained cotija cheese supplied by Rizo-Lopez Foods and therefore impacted by the outbreak.

Trader Joe’s Chicken Enchiladas Verde 58292
Trader Joe’s Cilantro Salad Dress 36420
Trader Joe’s Elote Chopped Salad Kit 74768
Trader Joe’s Southwest Salad 56077

The company reported the products have sold in their stores nationwide.

About Listeria infections

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalledproduct and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop. 

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses. 

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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