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2024 Recalls of Food Products Associated with Dairy Products from Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. due to the Potential Risk of Listeria monocytogenes

The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating illnesses in a multi-year, multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to queso fresco and cotija cheeses manufactured by Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc., of Modesto, California. A sample of Rizo Bros Aged Cotija tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes during sampling conducted by the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Food and Drug Branch in January 2024. In response to that finding, Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled one batch of Rizo Bros Aged Cotija Mexican Grating Cheese (8oz) on January 11, 2024. CDC and FDA reopened the investigation in January 2024 after new illnesses were reported in December 2023 and whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis of the cotija cheese sample showed that it is the same strain of Listeria that is causing illnesses in this outbreak. In response to this investigation, Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc. has voluntarily recalled all sell by dates of its dairy products. The recalled products include cheese, yogurt, and sour cream sold under the brand names Tio Francisco, Don Francisco, Rizo Bros, Rio Grande, Food City, El Huache, La Ordena, San Carlos, Campesino, Santa Maria, Dos Ranchitos, Casa Cardenas, and 365 Whole Foods Market.

More information including advice for consumers, restaurants, and retailers is available at FDA's Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Queso Fresco and Cotija Cheese (February 2024)

The table below lists recalls conducted by companies that further processed the dairy products by using them as ingredients in new products or by repackaging them. 

Company Announcement Date Brand(s) Product Description Company Name FDA Enforcement Report
(where available)


Trader Joe’s

Chicken Enchiladas Verde, Cilantro Salad Dressing, Elote Chopped Salad Kit, Southwest Salad

Trader Joe’s Company




Black Bean 6 Layer Dip

Simply Fresh LLC



Don Pancho, HEB, Trader Joe’s

Cilantro Lime Crema, Everything Sauce Fiesta, Cilantro Cotija dressing, Poblano Caesar dressing, Cilantro Dressing, Street Taco Express Meal Kit

Fresh Creative Foods



Marketside, Ready Pac Bistro

Southwest Chopped Salad Kit, Bacon Ranch Crunch Kit, Fresh Mex Chopped Kit, Queso Crunch Salad Kit

Ready Pac Foods, Inc.



Bright Farms

Bright Farms Southwest Chipotle Crunch Kit salad kit

BrightFarms, Inc.



Fresh Express, marketside

Fresh Express Salsa! Ensalada Kit, Marketside Southwest Chopped Salad Kit

Fresh Express

02/09/2024 Marketside Bacon Ranch Crunch Chopped Salad Kit Braga Fresh  
02/09/2024 Marketside Marketside Bacon Ranch Crunch Salad Kit Taylor Fresh Foods  
02/09/2024 Fresh and Ready, Sprig and Sprout, Jack and Olive Torta sandwiches Fresh and Ready Foods  
02/08/2024 Albertsons, Safeway, Eagle, Carrs-Safeway, Pavilions, Vons, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw's, Star Market, Lucky Chicken Taco Kits and Meals Albertsons Companies  
02/09/2024 Dole, Marketside, President’s Choice Salad kits Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc.  
02/10/2024 The Perfect Bite Co. Mexican Style Street Corn Bites The Perfect Bite Co.  
02/09/2024 SaveMart Chicken Street Taco Kit The Save Mart Companies  
02/09/2024 Stater Bros. Chicken Street Taco Kit Stater Bros. Markets  
02/12/2024 No Brand Chicken Street Taco Kit Sprouts Farmers Market  
02/13/2024 No Brand Ham & Cotija Torta Sandwich on Telera Roll MG Foods  
02/14/2024 No Brand Chicken Street Taco Kit Bristol Farms  

Public Notifications

Companies have issued public notifications for products linked to the Rizo-López Foods, Inc. dairy products recall that were sold at retail locations. Some of the public notifications are listed here:


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