(WJBF) – Several people in six states have been hospitalized after contracting a strain of Listeria that may have been linked to contaminated Brie and Camembert cheese.
The cheese was made by Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Michigan, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Friday, September 30, the company issued a recall on Brie and Camembert sold in supermarkets, retail and wholesale stores nationwide and in Mexico.
Over 90 cheeses were affected, including those sold under dozens of brand names such as:
- black bear
- block & barrel
- Culinary tour
- Fresh thyme
- Glenview Farms
- Good & collecting
- Joan of Arc
- La Bonne Vie
- life in Provence
- market 32
- Primo Taglio
- Red apple cheese
- Rene Picot
- St Randeaux
- St Rocco
- taste of inspiration
- Trader Joe’s
The affected cheeses have best before dates from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022.
Stores that have sold the cheese include Albertsons, Giant Foods, Lidl, Safeway, Shaws, Stop & Shop, Whole Foods and more. Some retailers may also have repackaged the cheeses for individual resale, meaning they may not carry any of the above brand names, according to a recall notice released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Listeria infections associated with the same strain have been observed in six states: California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas. Five people were hospitalized due to the infection, and four of those people said they ate brie or camembert cheese. No deaths were reported at this time.
Anyone who may have purchased cheese affected by the recall is asked to throw it away immediately and clean refrigerators, containers and surfaces that may have come in contact with the recalled cheese. Listeria can survive in the refrigerator and spread to other foods and surfaces, according to the CDC.
Those who believe they have fallen ill after eating the recalled cheese are urged to contact a doctor.
Listeria, which can be caused by eating contaminated cured meats, soft cheeses, and raw sprouts (among other contaminated products), can cause flu-like symptoms and confusion. Pregnant women, newborns, and the elderly are at the highest risk for complications or death, according to the CDC.
The CDC is currently investigating whether the company’s other products were also contaminated with Listeria.
Visit the FDA’s website for more information on the recall.
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