Listeria monocytogenes infections have been linked to certain cheeses, dairy products, and prepared meal kits due to possible contamination. Public health officials have issued recalls for these products as part of a multi-year investigation into the matter. The Food and Drug Administration has traced the recalls back to Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. in Modesto, California.
There have been 26 infections recorded nationwide, with two occurring in Texas. Pregnant individuals, newborns, those 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are at the highest risk of severe illness from Listeria infection. Symptoms may include fever, tiredness, muscle aches, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea. More serious cases can include symptoms such as a stiff neck, headache, loss of balance, confusion, and convulsions.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise disposing of any recalled products immediately and cleaning surfaces that may have come into contact with them. If any symptoms of Listeria infection occur, medical attention should be sought immediately. A list of specific recalled items and brands can be found on the FDA’s website.