|FOOD AND DRUG
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Consumer Media: 888-Info-FDA
May 6, 1998
Queso Fresco Cheese under the following labels, "El Tapatio", 5 ounce and 15
ounce wheels; "El Caporal", 5 ounce and 10 ounce wheels; "La
Banderita",15 ounce wheels; and "La Vaca Rica", 12 ounce, 20 ounce, 1.33
pound and 2.25 pound sizes.
All with sell by dates through July 14, 1998.
Specialty Cheese Company, Lebanon, Wisconsin.
La Hispamex Food Products, Inc., Cicero, Illinois (repacker), by telephone on March 20,
1998, followed by fax and visit. Ongoing recall resulted from sample analysis and
follow-up by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the
Illinois Department of Public Health. DISTRIBUTION Nationwide.
248,938 pounds were distributed; firm estimated that 30 percent of the cheese remained on
market at time of recall initiation.
Product is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.