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Modesto Company’s Recalled Bean Dips, Enchiladas, & Taco Kits Linked to Listeria

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Recall alert: Super Bowl snacks like bean dips, enchiladas, and taco kits linked to a listeria outbreak from Rizo Lopez Foods of Modesto. (AP/CDC)
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More foods recalled due to listeria outbreak.

Rizo Lopez Foods of Modesto identified as the outbreak source.

Outbreak has killed two and sickened more than two dozen since 2014.


More foods are being recalled in the wake of a deadly outbreak of listeria food poisoning, including snack foods that may be part of Super Bowl Sunday party menus.

Seven-layer bean dip, chicken enchiladas, cilantro salad dressing, and taco kits sold at stores like Costco, Trader Joe’s, and Albertson’s are part of the growing recalls of products made by Rizo Lopez Foods, Inc., of Modesto, California, federal health officials said.

Source of the Outbreak

Dairy products made by Rizo Lopez Foods are the source of the listeria outbreak that has killed two people and sickened more than two dozen since 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Health officials investigated illnesses in 2017 and 2021, but were only able to confirm the source based on new laboratory and inspection information when more people fell ill in December, officials said.

Rizo Lopez Foods recalled more than 60 soft cheeses, yogurt, and sour cream on Monday that are sold under the brands 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.

Recalled Foods Distribution

The recalled foods were sold to food service providers, retailers, and deli counters nationwide.

The federal government said consumers should consult the Food and Drug Administration’s table of recalled products for updated information about descriptions, sizes and best-by dates. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also issued a public health alert for certain Amazon kitchen burritos that contain ingredients made by Rizo Lopez Foods.

Listeria Infections

About 1,600 people are sickened by listeria food poisoning every year, according to the CDC. Listeria infections can cause serious illness and, in rare cases, death. People who are pregnant, older than 65 or have weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable. Symptoms — like muscle aches, fever, and tiredness — usually start within two weeks after eating contaminated foods but can start earlier or later.

The CDC said consumers who have the recalled products should throw them away and thoroughly clean the refrigerator, counters, and other contact sites. Listeria can survive in the refrigerator and easily contaminate other foods and surfaces.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Science and Educational Media Group. The AP is solely responsible for all content.

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