A Michigan company has issued a recall for 25 brands of Brie and Camembert cheeses after five people were hospitalized with a strain of listeriahealth officials announced.
In a September 30 recall noticethe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the products were made by Old Europe Cheese Inc. and sold at popular retailers in the US and Mexico.
The cheeses were distributed from August 1 to September 28 and sold by Albertsons, Safeway, Meijer, Harding’s, Shaw’s, Price Chopper, Market Basket, Raley’s, Save Mart, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Thyme, Lidl, Sprouts, Aliments Athenians and Whole Foods, according to the advisory.
The company advises consumers to avoid consuming cheeses that display expiry dates from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022.
The recalled products were sold under the following brand names:
- Black bear
- block and barrel
- Culinary tour
- Fresh thyme
- Glenview Farms
- Good & Gather
- Jeanne D’Arc
- The good life
- Provencal life
- Market 32
- Primo Taglio
- Red Apple Cheese
- Rene Picot
- Saint Randeaux
- St. Rocco
- The taste of inspiration
- Trader Joe
According to a recall notice published by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency advises consumers to contact their retailer or discard any Brie or Camembert if in doubt.
The CDC is advising anyone who may have purchased the affected products to immediately dispose of them and clean refrigerators, containers, and surfaces that may have touched the recalled items. The agency says listeria can survive in the refrigerator and spread to other foods and surfaces.
For more product details, see the CDC or FDA recall notice or contact the Old Europe Cheese Helpline at (269) 925-5003.
The recall was triggered following a “comprehensive environmental audit” of 120 products – which also included areas of the manufacturing plant – for possible listeria contamination.
Although the company says none of the cheeses tested positive for the bacteria, a sample taken from the facility did. This strain corresponded to that of the epidemic.
Listeria infections linked to the same strain have been seen in California, Texas, Georgia, Michigan, Massachusetts and New Jersey, according to the CDC. Five patients were hospitalized due to an infection, and four of those people said they ate Brie or Camembert.
Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne bacteria that can cause illness with short-term symptoms like high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to the CDC.
Although it is generally rare and causes a mild infection in healthy people, it mainly affects young children, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.
In pregnant women, it can potentially cause serious problems such as miscarriages and stillbirths and cause serious illness in the fetus or newborn. In adults aged 65 and over and those with weakened immune systems, Listeria monocytogenes can in some cases cause serious infections in the bloodstream, such as sepsis, or in the brain, which can cause meningitis or encephalitis .
It is estimated that 1,600 people contract listeriosis each year, of whom about 260 die from the disease.