Listeria Outbreaks in Imported Ricotta Cheese Deadly
Contaminated ricotta salata cheese that has been traced back to Forever Cheese of Astoria, New York has been linked to three deaths and 14 illnesses. (Only one death has been confirmed; CDC and state officials are investigating the other deaths.)
The company has voluntarily recalled one lot of its Frescolina-brand ricotta salata cheese because of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. CDC and state officials are investigating the other deaths.
The cheese was sold between June 20 and August 9 in 19 states across the country, and was originally labeled with the number "441202."
Listeriosis symptoms include muscle aches, gastrointestinal distress, and fever. The illness is particularly dangerous in pregnant women, children, and the elderly.
Here's the list of states where the cheese was sold: California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.
To be safe, the CDC recommends anyone who recently purchased Frescolina brand ricotta salata cheese should discard it.