The FDA advisory affects all lots of Estrella Family Creamery cheeses, including cheeses identified as soft, semi-soft, semi-hard and hard.

The cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) and may cause serious illness.

L. mono is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Consumers who have the cheeses should throw them away.

Consumers with symptoms of Listeria should consult their health care professionals.