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Georgia Department of Agriculture

Recall of Lacteos Santa Martha cheese and cream products due to possible health risk

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Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
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Atlanta, GA 30334
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Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 20, 2014

Recall of Lacteos Santa Martha cheese and cream products due to possible health risk

Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of some Lacteos Santa Martha cheese and cream products that have been distributed here in Georgia, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Georgia Department of Agriculture inspectors will be checking with distributors to make sure the recalled product is removed from commerce and further distribution. Here is the recall announcement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):

Oasis Brands, Inc. of Miami, FL is recalling select lots of various Lacteos Santa Martha products with best by dates of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products were distributed in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina from April 1, 2014 through October 14, 2014 to distributors and retail stores. The products can be identified by the batch ID code (best used by date) sticker on the label of the plastic bag of 07/01/14 through 12/31/14. The list of products includes:

Queso Seco Centroamericano (Dry White Cheese) - 1Lb - UPC 876593 001874

Queso Seco Olanchano (Dry Cheese) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000840

Queso Seco Hondureno (Dry Cheese) - 12oz - UPC 876593 001690

Quesito Casero (Fresh Curd) - 12oz - UPC 635349 000406

My Queso (Latin Flavor Cheese) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000406

Queso Cuzcatlan (Salvadorean Flavor Cheese) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000406

Queso para Freir (Cheese for Frying) - 12oz - UPC 635349 000758

Queso Fresco (Fresh Cheese) - 12oz - UPC 635349 000703

Cuajada en Hoja Queso Casero Hecho a Mano (Fresh Curd) - 12oz - UPC 635349 000895

Crema Centroamericana (Soft Blend Dairy Spread) - 1Lb - UPC 876593 001898

Mantequilla Hondurena (Honduran Style Cream) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000772

Crema Nica (Grade A Cultured Cream) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000468

HonduCrema Olanchana (Olanchana Style Soft Blend Dairy Spread) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000598

Crema Guatemalteca (Guatemalan Style Cream) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000819

Crema GuateLinda (Guatemalan Style Cream) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000390

Crema Cuzcatlan (Salvadorean Style Cream) - 1Lb - UPC 635349 000444

FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating illnesses associated with the product. The recall is the result of routine sampling by The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Food Inspectors and subsequent FDA environmental samples that revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The company ceased production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased the Lacteos Santa Martha products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (305) 599-0225 Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm EST.

This is one recall impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list of food and feed recalls, please visit: www.agr.georgia.gov/recalls.aspx or follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety. If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information.

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