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FDA Warns of Possibly Contaminated Cheese

| by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to
eat Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese Mexican style soft cheese (two specific
lots) or any Queso Cotija Molido Mexican style grated cheese
manufactured and distributed by Peregrina Cheese Corp. of New York
City. These products could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes,
an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in
pregnant women, young children, frail or elderly people, and others
with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms
such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain
and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages
and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers who may have recently
consumed these products and have these symptoms should contact their
health care providers.

No illnesses are known to be associated with the products at this
time. The company is recalling certain products based on sampling and
analysis by the FDA that detected Listeria monocytogenesin some of the
samples.

The company is recalling two lots of its Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese
Mexican style soft cheese and one lot of its Queso Cotija Molido
Mexican style grated cheese.

The Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese comes in a 14-ounce foil wrapped
packages marked with lot number 4469 or 4477 affixed to each package on
a white sticker and bearing UPC number 8 17424 00024 6 and Plant #
36-8431.

The Queso Cotija Molido Cheese comes in 15-ounce clear plastic bags
that are marked with UPC number 8 17424 00027 7 and Plant # 36-1388,
but do not contain a lot number or production date.

Both products were distributed to retail stores in the New York
City boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx and Manhattan, and two towns
in Pennsylvania (Scranton and Hazelton) in early February. The company
has contacted all its customers and instructed them to destroy all
affected products in their inventory.

Consumers who purchased any of the products are urged to discard
them immediately. Although the FDA detected Listeria monocytogenesin
only one production date of Peregrina Cheese Corporation's Queso Cotija
Molido Cheese, the agency is urging consumers to discard all of these
products because they do not contain a lot code or production day code
to allow consumers to distinguish between a product that is of concern
and a product that is not of concern.

Please direct questions regarding this recall to Peregrina Cheese
Corporation at (718) 456-2391, Monday - Friday from 9 am – 4:30 pm EST.

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