Maryland and California Listeria Outbreak Linked to Roos Foods Cheeses Sold at Megamart

Megamart Roos Cheese Outbreak News – Eight persons have been sickened in a Listeria food poisoning outbreak linked to eating soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese purchased at different locations of the same grocery store chain.

Megamart Roos Cheese Outbreak Information

In its report dated February 21, 2014, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that the outbreak resulted in one death in California and seven confirmed Listeria illnesses in Maryland. Five of these illnesses were related to pregnancy, including two mothers and their newborns and an additional newborn. Available illness onset dates ranged from August 1, 2013 to November 27, 2013. The CDC indicated that the investigation is still ongoing and that additional outbreak cases may be identified.

The CDC said the cheese was “likely produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Delaware” and was repackaged by the grocery store chain.

In a press release dated February 15, 2014, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) identified the retail grocery store as Megamart, stating that the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from a sample of Cuajada en Terron (Fresh Cheese Curd) collected at the Megamart retail store located at 8328 Shopper’s Square, Manassas, VA. The cheese was sold in clear, unlabeled plastic bags. No lot or date coding information was included on the product packaging.

In a second press release dated February 21, 2014, VDACS announced that Listeria monocytogenes was detected in cheese produced by Roos Foods. The following Roos Foods brands were identified: Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina, and La Purisima Crema Nica.

A recall for the Listeria contaminated cheese has not been issued. Virginia and Maryland health officials have warned that consumers should not eat any cheese products made by Roos Foods, or foods that have been made with these cheeses.

About Listeria

Older adults, the very young, individuals with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women are at greatest risk for developing listeriosis. If a pregnant woman experiences listeriosis, bacteria may cross the placenta causing a miscarriage, premature delivery, still birth, or an infection in the new born. Although less common, individuals not belonging to one of these high risk groups can contract listeriosis as well.

Initial symptoms of listeriosis may include fever, muscle aches, fatigue, and sometimes gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions. Pregnant women may experience only mild flu-like symptoms.

Listeriosis can develop for up to two months after eating a Listeria contaminated food. If you experience flu-like symptoms within two months of eating a food known to be contaminated, you should seek medical care. Remember to let your health care professional know that you have eaten a food known to be contaminated with Listeria. This is especially important for those individuals in a high risk group, although anyone concerned about a Listeria illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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