A Michigan cheese company is recalling dozens of products, including products in most small and large grocery stores across the state and nationwide, because of possible listeria contamination.
Here is information from the FDA:
Old Europe Cheeses, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI is issuing a voluntary recall due to possible contamination of Brie and Camembert cheeses. Listeria monocytogenesAn organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, rigors, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirth in pregnant women.
All Best Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products are subject to a voluntary recall through 12/14/2022. Products are delivered from From August 01, 2022 to September 28, 2022 and is available in supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores nationwide and in Mexico; Retailers 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, Whole Foods. This list may not include all retail establishments that received the recalled product or may include retail establishments that did not actually receive the recalled product.
The following products are marked with being recalled Best to date September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022Retailers may repackage older European cheese items into smaller containers and sell this repackaged product to consumers.
These repackaged products may not carry the original labeling and product information as described below (Find pictures of labels here):
Consumers who purchased the mentioned Brie and Camembert products are urged not to use them and to discard the product. The FDA recommends in this regard that anyone who has purchased or received any of these products take extra precautions in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and utensils that come into contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.
Old Europe Cheese has set up a telephone line to answer any questions about this recall, at 269-925-5003 X 335 and Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. ET. remains open.
This action was initiated after a full environmental audit of 120 samples, both of products and company facilities. None of the products showed contamination, but a sample at the facility tested positive. This positive case strain has been linked to 6 cases of listeriosis from 2017 to 2022. These cases have not previously been associated with this company’s products, but Old Europe Cheese has decided to make this voluntary recall to avoid any risk to their customers.
The company voluntarily decided to initiate a product recall based on these findings and out of concern for the health of their consumers. The source of potential contamination has been identified and Old Europe Cheese is taking proactive measures to eliminate it. Production of these products has been discontinued and will not be resumed until full confidence is gained in the effectiveness of the company’s implemented measures.
The company is working closely with state and federal authorities and its clients to make this voluntary recall as quick and efficient as possible. The quality and safety of our products is our number one priority. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this situation. Old Europe Cheese’s top priority is the health of our customers.
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