A Michigan-based company issued a recall of 25 brands of brie and Camembert after five people were hospitalized with a strain of ListeriaHealth officials announced.
on September 30 call noticeThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the products were manufactured by Old Europe Cheese Inc. They are sold in famous retail stores throughout the United States and Mexico.
The cheeses were distributed August 1 through September 28 and sold by Albertsons, Safeway, Major, Harding, Shoe’s, Price Chopper, Market Basket, Ralli’s, Save Mart, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Thyme, Lidl, Sprouts, Athenian Foods, and Whole Foods, as per the notice.
The company advises consumers to avoid consuming cheeses that offer the best dates from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022.
The recalled products were sold under the following brand names:
- black bear
- block and barrel
- cooking tour
- fresh thyme
- Glenview Farms
- good and collect
- john of arc
- no bonnie in
- Life in Provence
- Market 32
- What do you want?
- Primo Taglio
- red apple cheese
- René Beko
- St. Rando
- Saint Rocco
- Taste of inspiration
- Trader Joe
Some retailers may have repackaged cheese in smaller containers for individual resale as well, which means products may not have any of the original labels and product information, according to call notice Posted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency advises consumers to contact the retailer or discard any wild or Camembert cheese if they are unsure.
The CDC advises anyone who may have purchased affected products to immediately dispose of them and to clean refrigerators, containers, and surfaces that may have come into contact with recalled items. The agency says Listeria can live in the refrigerator and can spread to foods and other surfaces.
For more details on products, see the refund notice from the CDC or Food and Drug Administration or call the Old Europe Cheese Helpline at (269) 925-5003.
The recall was run after a “full environmental audit” of 120 products – which also included areas of the manufacturing facility – to find potential Listeria contamination.
While the company says none of the cheeses have been tested positive for the bacteria, only one sample taken from the facility has proven effective. That strain is identical to the outbreak.
Listeria infections associated with the same strain have been observed in California, Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to the CDC. Five patients were hospitalized with infection, and four of those people reported having eaten soft cheese or Camembert.
Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne bacteria that can cause illness with short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the CDC.
While it is generally rare and causes mild infection in healthy individuals, it primarily affects young children, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, as well as pregnant women.
In pregnant women, it can cause serious problems such as miscarriage and stillbirth and cause severe illness in the fetus or newborn. In adults age 65 and older who have compromised immune systems, in some cases, Listeria monocytogenes can cause severe infections in the bloodstream, such as sepsis or in the brain, which can cause meningitis or encephalitis.
An estimated 1,600 people contract listeriosis each year, of whom about 260 die from the disease.