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Del. Company Recalls 16 Varieties of Cheese After Death, Illnesses

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WASHINGTON- A Kent County, Del., company has recalled 16 varieties of cheese after some of the cheeses were linked to a death in California and illnesses in newborns.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the cheeses produced by Roos Foods of Kenton, Del., are linked to a listeria outbreak. Consumers are advised not to eat any of the following brands of cheese manufactured or repackaged by Roos Foods: Mexicana, Amigo, Santa Rosa De Lima and Anita. The company has voluntarily recalled all lots of these brands.

The products were distributed in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia through retail stores. The CDC said there was one death in California and seven illnesses in Maryland. All of the Maryland victims reported consuming the cheese.

Three of those sickened were newborns; it is unclear if the death was one of the newborns. All of the victims were reported to be of Hispanic ethnicity, according to the CDC.

Dates that illnesses were diagnosed range from Aug. 1, 2013, to Nov. 27, 2013, the CDC said. The source of the illnesses is ongoing.

Listeria is especially dangerous to pregnant women because it easily passes through to the fetus.

For more information about the recall, click here

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