Maryland warning customers of listeria risk in Roos Foods’ cheeses

WASHINGTON — The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is warning customers to avoid eating a brand of cheese because of a listeria risk.

The DHMH issued a notice Wednesday about the risk of listeria in cheese products made by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del. Roos Foods include brands such as Santa Rosa de Lima, Amigo, Mexicana, Suyapa, La Chapina, and La Purisima Crema Nica.

“While confirmatory testing is underway, DHMH advises consumers not to eat any cheese products made by Roos Foods, or foods that have been made with these cheeses,” DHMH wrote in a news release.

Listeria bacteria can cause a serious infection called listeriosis. Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions which can be preceded by nausea or diarrhea. A listeria infection can be treated with antibiotics.

If a person has any of the above symptoms and has consumed cheese from Roos Foods, they should consult a healthcare provider. More information on listeriosis can be found at on the DHMH website

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