Miami-based company recalls cheese over Listeria concerns


Miami-based Global Garlic Inc. is recalling two of its packaged cheese products due to a potential Listeria contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirth among pregnant women

The following products are subject to recall:

  • Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk
  • Queso Fresco x LB(Barra)/Whole Milk Cheese

The potentially contaminated products were distributed nationwide in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisiana and South Carolina. The 16-ounce cheese comes in a clear plastic package marked with a UPC No. 8-96211-00235-9 and an expiration date of September 19, 2017, stamped on the side. The pound (barra) cheese weighed around 5-6 pounds, with a clear plastic package, it has no UPC number and expiration date of June 17, 2017.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Florida Department of Agriculture Consumer Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 16-ounce packages of “Queso Fresco/ Whole Milk Cheese”.

The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company from Monday-Friday 8 a.m. -5:30 p.m. 305-545-6305.