VIRGINIA Health OFFICIALS WARN CONSUMERS NOT TO EAT CHEESES MADE BY ROOS FOODS DUE TO listeria HEALTH RISK

On February 21, 2014, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) warned consumers that during an ongoing investigation, the foodborne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes was detected in cheese produced by Roos Foods Inc. of Kenton, Delaware.

Consumers were told not to eat any cheese products made by Roos Foods, or foods that have been made with these cheeses. Brands produced by Roos Foods include: Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina and La Purisima Crema Nica.

VDACS also stated that if a person has any of the following symptoms and has consumed cheese from Roos Foods, they should consult their healthcare provider:

Listeria monocytogenes infection commonly can exhibit short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea when it affects healthy individuals. It may cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and individuals with weakened immune systems. The organism is also a major concern for pregnant women because it can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and neonatal illness. Symptoms of Listeria infection generally appear about three weeks after exposure, but may appear as soon as three days or as long as 70 days after exposure. “

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