What a scoop: Queso sold in Westchester recalled by state

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A type of queso sold at seven stores in Westchester County is being recalled by the state because of potential contamination, the state Department of Agriculture and Markets said today.

The state agency warned consumers not to eat Emperador Farm Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Emperador Farm Inc. of East Chatham, Columbia County, due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination, a type of bacteria that can lead to food poisoning.

QuesoThe Hispanic-style cheese is sold in one-pound plastic tub packages, the state said. It was sold in six stores in New Rochelle and one in Port Chester, the state said.

The stores were the product was sold are:

— Shop Smart, 216 Westchester Ave., Port Chester

— Carniceria Ispana, 56 Second St. New Rochelle

— Tostadas Quitupan, 239 Union Ave. New Rochelle

— Mercado Hernandez, 230 Union Ave. New Rochelle

— Carniseria Jiquilpan, 322 Webster Ave. New Rochelle

— Tapatia Deli. 114 Union Ave. New Rochelle

— Cotija Meat Market.  386 North Ave. New Rochelle

The state did a routine sample of the cheese on Monday and testing at the state food laboratory found that the queso was contaminated with high levels of Staphylococcus aureus. The company was notified yesterday and voluntarily recalled the product, the state said.

Staphylococcus aureus can cause food poisoning, such as nausea and vomiting. But the state said that they are unaware of any illnesses as a result of eating the product.

The state said that people who purchased the product should return it to the store or throw it out.

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