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Wash. company recalling 3 soft cheeses

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) _ A Yakima, Wash., company is recalling three types of Mexican-style soft cheeses sold in Washington and Oregon. An Oregon official says the cheese has been linked to five illnesses.

Queseria Bendita said Friday it is recalling cheeses labeled Queso Fresco, Panela and Requeson that are potentially contaminated with listeria.

The company says there has been one confirmed illness in Washington related to the product and adds that other illnesses in Washington and Oregon may be related.

Oregon Public Health Division senior epidemiologist William Keene tells The Oregonian that two pregnant Oregon women were sickened by listeria after eating the cheese. He adds that their two babies were delivered slightly prematurely because of fetal distress. Keane says the four Oregon residents as well as a Washington resident were hospitalized.

The cheeses have been sold at Queseria Bendita's retail store and were distributed in Washington and Oregon, where they are sold in Hispanic markets.

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