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El Ranchero Del Sur, LLC.  Recalls Queso Fresco El Ranchero Del Sur (Fresh Cheese), Queso Fresco En Hoja De Platano Los Corrales (Fresh Cheese in Banana Leaf), and Queso Hebra Queso Oaxaca El Ranchero Del Sur (String Cheese) Because Of Possible Health Risk

 

Contact:
Consumer
(732) 967-9265

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 16, 2012 - El Ranchero Del Sur, LLC. of South River, New Jersey is recalling Queso Fresco El Ranchero Del Sur 14 oz. (Fresh Cheese), Queso Fresco en Hoja De Platano Los Corrales 14 oz. (Fresh Cheese In Banana Leaf), Queso Hebra Queso Oaxaca El Ranchero Del Sur 14 oz. and 10 lb. (String Cheese) because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in 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 infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Queso Fresco El Ranchero Del Sur, Queso Fresco en Hoja De Platano Los Corrales, and Queso Hebra Queso Oaxaca El Ranchero Del Sur were distributed from 2/23/12 through 3/14/12 through direct delivery to retail stores, supermarkets and restaurants located in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Queso Fresco El Ranchero Del Sur (Fresh Cheese) with UPC 88052230013 and Queso Fresco  en Hoja De Platano Los Corrales (Fresh Cheese in Banana Leaf) with UPC 880522300037 are packaged in a 14 oz. plastic clamshell. Queso Hebra Queso Oaxaca El Ranchero Del Sur (String Cheese) is packaged in a 14 oz shrink wrap with UPC 880522300068 and 10 lb. plastic loose wrap with UPC 88522300051.  
 
The State of New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services discovered that one of our products, Queso Fresco en Hoja De Platano Los Corrales (Fresh Cheese in Banana Leaf), was contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  El Ranchero Del Sur, LLC. has ceased the production and distribution of these products. The FDA and El Ranchero del Sur, LLC. continue their investigation as to what may have caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the products mentioned above should keep products refrigerated and return to the place of purchase for a full refund.  Consumers with questions may contact El Ranchero Del Sur, LLC.  at (732) 967-9265 between Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

 

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