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CACIQUE CHEESE COMPANY 'RANCHERO' STYLE CHEESE WITH 'SELL BY' DATE OF DEC. 5, 1991 RECALLED

 CACIQUE CHEESE COMPANY 'RANCHERO' STYLE CHEESE
 WITH 'SELL BY' DATE OF DEC. 5, 1991 RECALLED
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) today announced that CDFA and the State Department of Health Services (DHS) are monitoring the voluntary recall of all Cacique Ranchero cheese with the "sell by" date of Dec. 5, 1991, manufactured by the Cacique Cheese Co., City of Industry (Los Angeles County) because Listeria monocytogenes bacteria were found in samples of the cheese.
 Listeria bacteria are responsible for producing listeriosis, a serious and sometimes fatal infection that may result in miscarriages or stillbirths. Listeriosis also can be dangerous to small children, frail elderly people and persons whose immune systems are compromised.
 Although the majority of Cacique Ranchero cheese is sold in California, the product is distributed nationwide, so all sizes of Cacique Ranchero cheese marked "sell by Dec. 5, 1991" are being removed from sale. As a precautionary measure, consumers who have Cacique Ranchero cheese in their homes with this date should discard the product and not consume it.
 The Listeria monocytogenes bacteria were isolated as a result of a routine follow-up investigation of cases of listeriosis reported in Los Angeles. Six packages of Cacique Ranchero cheese were purchased in Los Angeles (14 ounce size; "sell by date" Dec. 5, 1991; lot number x 3 91) and sent to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Nov. 12.
 CDC notified the Los Angeles County Health Department on Dec. 2 that Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from cultures of two of the six packages of unopened store bought Ranchero cheese.
 CDFA's Milk and Dairy Foods Control Branch and DHS investigators are now conducting a thorough investigation at the plant to determine the source of contamination. This includes taking environmental, product and ingredient samples as well as inspecting the plant's equipment and reviewing the manufacturing procedures.
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 /CONTACT: Carl DeWing or Tina Taggart, both of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 916-654-0462/ CO: California Dept. of Food & Agriculture ST: California IN: FOD SU:


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