Listeria Outbreak Tied To Dairy Products Sold Nationwide

February 9, 2024

Rizo-López Foods, Inc. (‘RLF’) is voluntarily recalling its dairy products listed below because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Rizo-López Foods, Inc. in a recall notice now impacting 60+ products including cheese, sour cream, crema and yogurt that have a connection to the ongoing deadly outbreak of Listeria. Products impacted include certain types of chip dips and salad dressings sold at stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s, H-E-B and Whole Foods.

Why It Matters: In a Listeria outbreak dating back to 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found 26 illnesses across 11 different states with two deaths reported. Listeria is one of the more dangerous types of food poisoning and causes symptoms beginning anywhere from the day of eating the contaminated food to up to 10 weeks later. Listeria poses the most risk to “pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems” (CDC).

While the CDC has been investigating the ongoing listeria outbreak for years, only recently were they able to link it to California-based food company Rizo-López. In its recall announcement, Rizo-López noted the affected items have been sold and distributed under the following names: “Tio Francisco, Don Francisco, Rizo Bros, Rio Grande, Food City, El Huache, La Ordena, San Carlos, Campesino, Santa Maria, Dos Ranchitos, Casa Cardenas, and 365 Whole Foods Market.” For the full list of products and sell-by dates, CLICK HERE (the recall list was recently expanded to include products made with Rizo-López recalled products).

Read More: Long-running listeria outbreak that killed 2 is linked to cotija and queso fresco from a California business (NBC News)

List and photos of recalled products (FDA)

After 2 Deaths and 23 Hospitalizations Across 11 States, California Company Recalls Dairy Products Due to Listeria Outbreak (Food And Wine)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas