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February 12, 2021: Multit-State Listeria Outbreak Possibly Linked to Hispanic-Style Fresh and Soft Cheeses

Hispanic-Style Cheese Listeria Outbreak News – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation into a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (Listeria) infections potentially linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses.

Hispanic-Style Cheese Listeria Outbreak Information

On February 12, 2021, the FDA, along with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local partners, announced an investigation into a multi-state Listeria outbreak possibly linked to Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses. The FDA has begun its investigation and is in the process of collecting information to try to determine the origins of this Listeria outbreak. CDC analysis of available epidemiologic information has indicated that Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses may be the cause of the illnesses. Although, no specific brand or type of cheese have been confirmed as the source of the Listeria outbreak.

According to the CDC, there have been reports of seven infections across the following states: Connecticut, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. Six of the seven reportedly ill people are Hispanic. Per the FDA’s announcement:

“Of the four people interviewed, three reported eating at least one type of Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses, and all three reported eating queso fresco.”

FDA officials are in the beginning stages of investigating this Listeria outbreak. Consumers are cautioned that there may be additional products impacted by the outbreak. The FDA will continue to provide additional updates as more information becomes available.


Listeria monocytogenes, is a type of bacterium that 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 (listeriosis) can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Please see About Listeria for more information.


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