Fears of Listeria contamination prompted a cheesemaker on Friday to recall its wares found at some of North America’s most popular grocery stores and retailers.
Many of Old Europe Cheese’s Brie and Camembert products are on the Food and Drug Administration’s recall list.
The Brie and Camembert cheeses affected by the recall were distributed in supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores in the US and Mexico from August 1 to September 28.
The recalled cheeses are sold at Albertsons, Safeway, Meijer, Harding’s, Shaw’s, Price Chopper, Market Basket, Raley’s, Save Mart, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Thyme, Lidl, Sprouts, Athenian Foods and Whole Foods, among others.
The recalled cheese has a best before date of December 14th. The cheese may also have been repackaged into smaller containers for resale. It may not have the original labeling or product information, the FDA warned.
The affected cheeses should not be eaten. They should be thrown away. In addition, all surfaces that have come into contact with the cheese should be disinfected. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and spread to other foods and surfaces.
Questions about the recall may be directed to Old Europe Cheese at 1-269-925-5003, extension 335, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.
The recall came after a product sample tested positive for Listeria at one of the company’s facilities. The company said it initiated the recall after one of its samples tested positive. None of the recalled cheeses tested positive for Listeria, but Old Europe Cheese said it issued the voluntary recall to “avoid any risk to its customers”.
The company said it has identified the source of the possible contamination.
Old Europe Cheese has also ceased production of the cheese and will not resume operations until it has “full confidence” in its safety measures.
“The quality and safety of our products is our top priority,” the company said in the recall notice. “We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this situation.”
Listeria infections can cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. It can also, in some cases, lead to serious and fatal illnesses in children, older adults, and those with compromised immune systems. It can also be dangerous for pregnant women.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/cheese-recall-listeria-forces-brie-camembert-recall-whole-foods-meijer-albertsons-other-retailers?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Listeria is forcing recalls of Brie, Camembert at Whole Foods, Meijer, Albertsons and other retailers