Recalls continue for dairy products sold in Pennsylvania, Maryland

12 February 2024- Dairy products being sold under a number of brand names are all being recalled due to the possibility of a listeria infections across the country.

The FDA has said that queso fresco and cotija cheese sold under the names Bright Farms, Campesino, Casa Cardenas, Dole, Don Francisco, Don Pancho, Dos Ranchitos, El Huache, Food City, Fresh Express, H-E-B, La Ordena, Marketside, President’s Choice, Ready Pac Bistro, Rio Grande, Rizo Bros, Rojos, San Carlos, Santa Maria, Tio Francisco, Trader Joe’s, and 365 Whole Foods Market have been pulled from store shelves.

More information about recalled products, including descriptions, sizes, and UPCs or “best by” dates are included in the table of recalled products below. Additional information is also available in the recall notices from the companies.

These cheeses were all made by Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc, of Modesto, California. Rizo Lopez, however, relabels their products under a series of brand names, including generic store brands.

BrightFarms’ Southwest Chipotle salad kits sold in both MD and PA as well as Ready Pac Foods’ Marketside Southwest Chopped Kit and Marketside Bacon Ranch Cruch Kit sold in Walmart stores in both MD and PA were affected by the recall. Also on that list is a number of Dole salad kids including the Chopped Kit Avocado Rach, Premium Kit Southwest Salad, Cajun Ranch Chopped Kit, Endless Summer Premium Kit, Supreme Southwest Salad, and Marketside chopped salad kit bacon ranch crunch.

A total of 26 illnesses have been linked to this recall, with none being recorded in Pennsylvania and Maryland. However, the same food that was sold across the tristate area allegedly sickened people in California, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, and multiple other states.

Listeria is most likely to sicken pregnant people and newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill. Pregnant people typically experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

A full list of recalled products, of which there are many, can be found HERE. Some of the packaging of products being recalled can be found below.