Listeria outbreak linked to more than 20 Brie and Camembert cheese brands prompts recall

Old Europe Cheese, Inc., based in Benton Harbor, Michigan, is conducting a voluntary recall of its Brie and Camembert cheeses due to a possible Listeria outbreak, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Affected cheeses were sold at about a dozen major retailers in the U.S. and Mexico, the FDA said.

Recalled products contain a best buy date through December 14, 2022 and were distributed between August 1 and September 28, 2022.

Retailers likely to have sold the recalled cheeses include 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, the company said.

However, other retailers may have received the recalled products, and not all stores on the list may have actually received the cheeses in question.

In addition, the FDA press release states that some recalled products may have been repackaged by retailers into smaller containers and sold with different labeling and product information.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism “that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the frail or elderly, and others with compromised immune systems,” the FDA said. It can cause high fever, headache, stiffness, nausea, and diarrhea. Miscarriage and stillbirth can occur in pregnant women.

The FDA has linked six cases of Listeria from 2017 to 2022 to a strain found in samples collected at Old Europe Cheese’s Michigan facility, although the company’s products have not previously been linked to the cases became.

Cases have been found in California, Georgia, Texas, Michigan, New Jersey and Massachusetts. Five of the six resulted in hospitalizations; No deaths were reported, according to an investigation between the FDA, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and local and state health officials.

The FDA advises consumers who may have purchased any of the products to dispose of them and to be extra vigilant when cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that may have come into contact with the products. The FDA also noted that Listeria can survive in refrigerated environments. Listeria outbreak linked to more than 20 Brie and Camembert cheese brands prompts recall

Russell Falcon

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