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sábado, 28 de agosto de 2010

Listeria found in cheese products sold in California, U.S.

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Two raw milk cheese products sold in parts of California of the United States have been found tainted with listeria monocytogenes bacteria, the California Department of Food and Agriculture announced on Friday.

The products, labeled as Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese Garlic Colby and Morningland Dairy Raw Milk Cheese Hot Pepper Colby, were produced in Missouri and sold in four California counties, including Los Angeles, the department said.

The products were shipped from a Missouri processing plant to locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, Mendocino and Santa Cruz counties, according to the department.

The department said it has received no report of illnesses.

Listeria monocytogenes may cause listeriosis among "at risk" people, including pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems, said Steve Lyle, the department's director of public affairs.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache and stiff neck can occur, said Lyle.

Infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to more serious problems for the fetus. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms, Lyle said.

Consumers should discard the cheese or return it to the place of purchase, he said.



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