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Maryland Listeria Outbreak Tied to Hispanic-Style Cheeses

Health officials are warning Maryland consumers that lines of Hispanic-style cheeses produced by Roos Foods are linked to a listeria outbreak.

Health officials are warning Maryland consumers that lines of Hispanic-style cheeses produced by Roos Foods are linked to a listeria outbreak. Credit: Roos Foods website
Health officials are warning Maryland consumers that lines of Hispanic-style cheeses produced by Roos Foods are linked to a listeria outbreak. Credit: Roos Foods website

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is warning people not to eat any cheeses produced by Roos Foods after seven Maryland residents have become ill in a listeria outbreak linked to Hispanic-style cheese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that one child has died in California from the contaminated product, reports CBS DC.

All the Maryland victims had reported eating soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style cheese that they purchased at stores within the same grocery store chain. Listeria was detected in a sample of cuajada en terron, or fresh cheese curd, purchased at that chain, the TV station says.

The CDC will not release the name of the grocery store.

The state health department said the cheese was “likely produced by” Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., and repackaged by the grocery store chain. Roos Foods cheese is sold under brand names Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina, and La Purisima Crema Nica.

Listeria causes fever and muscle aches, often with other gastrointestinal symptoms, the TV station says. It is especially dangerous to pregnant women because it easily passes through to the fetus.

Shaka Zulu February 24, 2014 at 11:12 AM
This is just now getting headlines? We have not seen anything yet, look at all of the illegal food trucks and people just cooking off of anything they want to now, it will not be long until you will not be able to tell the difference from Mexico city and Langley Park Md. nice job democrats!!!
Tom Rossing February 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM
I can smell a racist a thousand miles away, and you are stinking up the joint. It's ash-holes like you that give this country a bad smell. When you have nothing positive to contribute to an article, or even a criticism that's on point, you blame the democratic party. Oh, and your name I presume is probably a derogatory shield for true identity BUBBA!
Bob Higginbotham February 25, 2014 at 12:16 PM
Rossing, there is nothing democratic about the democrat party. Just who are you blasting. There are around 450 thousand illegal aliens in this state thanks to O'Malley and the democrats which cost tax payers over $1 billion per year just so you can have more illegal voters.
Matt February 25, 2014 at 12:26 PM
@Deb Belt. Why no store name from CDC? This is a public safety issue.

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