CDC Issues Alert on Listeria Outbreak

The food safety alert includes certain queso fresco and cotija cheese.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an alert regarding the outbreak of listeria in 11 states. The agency’s food safety alert highlighted the recall of certain cheeses and dairy products after nearly two dozen people in 11 states were hospitalized.

The CDC is actively investigating the outbreak which is linked to queso fresco and cotija cheese. Listeria is listed by the CDC as the third leading cause of death among foodborne illnesses. Regarding listeria, the Food and Drug Administration states, “Even with adequate antibiotic treatment, the disease has a high mortality rate of 20 to 30 percent.“

Grocery retailers nationwide have issued recalls for products from California-based Rizo López Foods.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Mandy Cohen as she manages the CDC and evaluates public health threats.
  • For FDA Commissioner Califf as he oversees the regulation of food safety.
  • For healing for those who have contracted listeria and for the American public to heed product recalls.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Today, CNN

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