String cheese is being recalled because the popular snack could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration .
The recall, which was announced Tuesday, affects Surtex Foods Co. Oaxaca string Cheese La Original. "The recalled product comes in a 17.63 ounce (500 gr), clear plastic package marked- Oaxaca String Cheese, "La Original de Oaxaca" with a UPC code of 8 90512 00104 2, Lot # 1360912 with expiration date 01/09/2011," according to the FDA.
The string cheese was distributed in California through retail stores and distributors.
As a North Charleston foodborne illness attorney , I'm glad to hear that no illnesses have been reported in connection with the cheese so far. I urge consumers with this cheese to throw it out or return it to the store of purchase for a full refund. Listeria is a potentially fatal foodborne disease that is linked to miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. It can also cause high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Staphylococcus can cause serious gastrointestinal illnesses, including nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Both pathogens are more serious in the elderly and very young.
If you have been seriously injured in a food poisoning case, contact a personal injury lawyer in North Charleston .