January 6, 2020 — Limeño LLC of Florida has recalled Salvadorean string cheese after a 1-pound block of cheese tested positive for Listeria.

The recalled product a semi-soft cheese that is used to make pupusas, which are a cheese-stuffed flatbread dish that comes from El Salvador and Honduras.

The recalled cheese has a blue and white label and the words, “Salvadorean String Cheese,” or “Quesillo Salvadoreño Para Pupusa.” It was sold in grocery stores and through mail-order.

The product comes in 1-pound blocks in a clear plastic vacuum package, Lot #1041020 on the top, and a blank expiration date.

No illnesses have been linked to the cheese as of the recall date on January 2, 2020. The company has stopped production of the cheese while the source of contamination is under investigation.

The manufacturer issued the recall after a 1-pound block of Salvadorean string cheese tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, according to health officials in Florida.

Unlike most types of food poisoning, infections with Listeria are particularly serious because they commonly spread to the bloodstream and cause meningitis (brain inflammation), pregnancy complications, or even death.

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