On Wednesday,  June 15, 2011, New York State Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine warned consumers not to consume certain Queso Fresco “Fresh Cheese” made by Quesos CentroAmericano Corp. at 35 Hansen Avenue, Freeport, New York (formerly located at 900 S. Second Street, Ronkonkoma, New York) due to possible Staphylococcus aureus contamination. Although there have been no

staph-aureus-bacteria-16790.jpgA new study, conducted by a team of researchers from the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Flagstaff, Arizona, was published today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. In undertaking the study, researchers hoped to determine the prevalence as well as the antibiotic susceptibility profiles of Staphylococcus aureus in the U.S. food supply.

The team

Inspectors with the Missouri Department of Agriculture have halted production and distribution from Morningland Dairy located in Mountain View, after raw cheese from the dairy tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and Staphylococcus aureus.

The cheese samples were seized June 30 in California; Missouri officials were made aware of the California department’s test results today.


Salon.com features an interesting article about Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that focuses on the origins of MRSA and how it is spreading to humans.  Following is an excerpt from the article:

Recently, something about MRSA — and its epidemiology — has been changing in ways that suggest that those changes could be taking place among livestock.