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September 1, 1999

Queso Fresco Cheese from Javier Peregrina Tests Positive for Listeria

BROOKLYN, NY (SafetyAlerts) - The New York State Agriculture Commissioner Nathan L. Rudgers today warned consumers not to eat "Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese" made by Javier Peregrina of Brooklyn. Recent samples of this product tested positive for Listeria contamination.

The New York Department of Agriculture did not release the distribution or say how much of the cheese was sold.  The department of agriculture did not respond to our inquires for additional information. The label of the suspect product reads "Peregrina Cheese, Queso Fresco Fresh Cheese," and has the container code of Y0674.

Consumers with this product are urged to discard it.

If consumed, this product could cause Listeriosis, a potentially fatal flu-like disease. Listeriosis can also cause stillbirths in pregnant women and serious illness in immuno-compromised individuals and other high risk groups.

The contaminated cheese was discovered through routine testing by inspectors for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.

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