Trader Joe’s, Costco and Walmart Cheese Products Linked to Deadly Listeria Outbreak

Trader Joe's recall includes products with cheese in them.


Products from several mainstream retailers including Amazon, Costco, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and Sprouts Farmers Market have been linked to a deadly listeria outbreak that includes foods from several categories.

Snacks, dressings, wraps, taco kits, salads and dips are among the products named as part of the recall, which began over a month ago in Modesto, California.

The nationwide recall includes at least 13 brands of cheese and more than 60 other dairy products nationwide.

Sickenings Reported Nationwide 

At least 26 people in 11 states have been sickened during the outbreak with 23 hospitalizations reported.

The last illness occurred in December according to the CDC but the recall has continued to expand ever since.

Seventeen additional sicknesses have been traced to sandwiches from vending machines, salad and taco kits, dips and snacks sold by the aforementioned major retailers.

States Affected Include California, Arkansas 

States affected include California, Arkansas, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas.

Florida, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington have each recorded at least one illness attributed to the affected products.


Cheese Varieties Affected

Cheese varieties affected include the following from the company Rizo-Lopez: requeson and ricotta, queso seco, para freier, queso fresco, queso crema, panela, oaxaca, cotija, and blanco suave.

These cheeses and cheese products are sold under many different names.

Retailers selling them include Whole Foods, Jack & Olive, Randalls, Shaw’s Sprig & Sprout, Star Market, Stater Bros. Markets, Vons, Tom Thumb, Lucky, Eagle, Carr-Safeway, Costco, Albertsons, Save Mart, Safeway, Shaw’s and Pavilions, the FDA reported in its latest 2024 update on the recall.

For more information, check out the update by clicking on this link, and be sure to take action if any of the products mentioned still reside in your kitchen pantry or refrigerator.

A list of brands affected can be read here.


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