New York State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball warned consumers on Monday not to eat La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Queseria La Poblanita, Inc., based in New York, New York, due to the potential presence of staph.
A routine sample of the Spanish-style cheese, collected by an inspector from the New York Department of Agriculture’s Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services on April 15, 2015, was tested by the New York State Food Laboratory and found to be contaminated with high levels of Staphylococcus aureus. Queseria La Poblanita, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of the cheese after the department notified them of the test results.
The recall applies to La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” sold in 12-ounce plastic tub packages with a label declaring a plant # 36/8585, and a product lot code of MAY 13, 2015. “Queseria La Poblanita Inc. 216 E. 117th St., New York, NY 10035” is also printed on the packaging. The cheese was distributed to stores and delis in the metropolitan New York area.
Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that typically results in rapid illness with symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping, and incapacitation. In more severe cases, headache, muscle cramping and temporary changes in blood pressure and pulse may occur. Elderly individuals, infants and severely debilitated people are particularly susceptible to serious illness.
Consumers who purchased any of the recalled La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” are urged to discard it or return it to the place of purchase.