Cheese recalled for Staphylococcus aureus riskNew York agriculture officials warned consumers to not eat La Clarita Queseria Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” manufactured by Queseria La Poblanita, Inc. because of a possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination.

The problem was discovered when a routine sample of the cheese tested positive for high levels of the bacterium. The manufacturer was notified of the positive test result and voluntarily recalled the product.

The recalled fresh Spanish-style cheese is sold in 12 oz. plastic tub packages with a label declaring a plant #36/8585, and a product lot code of MAY 13, 2015. The product was distributed to stores and delis in the metropolitan New York area.

According to FDA, Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that usually causes rapid food poisoning symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, retching, abdominal cramping, and prostration. In more severe cases, headache, muscle cramping and transient changes in blood pressure and pulse may occur. Recovery generally takes two days.

 No illnesses associated with the product have been reported.