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Listeria Outbreak Traced to Delaware Cheese Producer

    February 22, 2014
    Lacy Langley
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A Listeria outbreak has killed one and made at least 10 others dangerously ill. Three of those that are ill are babies, but it is not clear as of now if the death was also a baby. The lysteria-linked death occured in California, and seven of the other illnesses were in Maryland.

The outbreak has been linked to hispanic-style cheeses bought at different locations of the same grocery chain which will remain nameless pending the investigation. However, the cheeses themselves were “likely produced by” Roos Foods of Kenton, Deleware, according to AP.

The illnesses were actually reported between August and November of last year, but the CDC cautions that there could be more that are unknown as of now. They also warn against buying or eating any cheese produced by Roos Foods and repackaged at a local grocery chain. Roos Foods cheeses are sold under the brand names Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina, and La Purisima Crema Nica.

Listeria is a serious illness that causes fever and muscle aches, usually with serious diarrhea. The illness is very dangerous to newborns as well as pregnant women since the disease can easily pass from a mother to her unborn child.

Listeria is usually found in places like soil, dust, water, sewage, and unpasteurized cheeses such as brie, mozzarella, and blue cheese. It can also be found in uncooked fruits and vegetables. Listeria infection can lead to bacterial meningitis, usually in newborns and those with impaired immune systems. Bacterial meningitis can actually become contagious among people in close contact, and can lead to death.

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  • Chris

    It’s Delaware

  • Susie Blackburn

    DelEware? really?

  • Ray W

    Wow…just…wow. How imbarrassing for the arthur!

    • Tara

      Don’t you mean author?

    • Tara

      And it’s spelled embarrassing.

    • Ray W

      LOL Tara’s late to the party.

  • http://digiscrapgeek.com/ carrie

    yeah, DelAware.

  • Name

    WOW!!! Right up front on the headline, even….people are SO dumb now, can’t spell worth s**t anymore!!….SOME of us care about that! :((( ….Oh, and that’s awful about the Mexican cheese Listeria outbreak, too.

  • redwolf28

    What kind of stupidity is it that won’t tell us what the store names are that carry the cheese and what names we should be looking for to avoid being another victim. Fess up you bums!

    • Ray W

      From CNN: Earlier this month, health inspectors in Virginia
      found listeria monocytogenes bacteria in a sample of Cuajada en Terron,
      or fresh cheese curd, on sale in clear, unlabeled plastic bags at a
      Mega Mart in Manassas. This was traced to Roos Foods, a company based in Kenton, DELAWARE. Virginia

  • Techie

    Really, who turned the spell check off??

  • Ray W

    (CNN) — At least eight people came down with
    listeria — and one of them died — after, authorities believe, eating
    “Hispanic-style cheese.”

    The Centers for Disease
    Control and Prevention on Friday reported the outbreak, which has
    affected people only of Hispanic descent and living in California or
    Maryland.

    Three babies were among those infected, while the other five were adults, including two women who had recently given birth.

    The illnesses date back to between August 1 and November 27, 2013.

    Seven cases — all in
    Maryland — ended up being hospitalized, with the lone death occurring
    in sole California case, according to the CDC. The age of the person who
    died was not given.

    Earlier this month, health inspectors in Virginia
    found listeria monocytogenes bacteria in a sample of Cuajada en Terron,
    or fresh cheese curd, on sale in clear, unlabeled plastic bags at a
    Mega Mart in Manassas. This was traced to Roos Foods, a company based in
    Kenton, DELAWARE. Virginia authorities said at that time there were no
    known sicknesses in the state tied to that cheese.