Brie, Camembert Cheese Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination
The maker of an upscale cheese is voluntarily recalling some product sold under different brand names because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI, issued the recall of its Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with best by dates through 12/14/2022. They were sold under various brand names at retailers around the country, including locations in New England like Market Basket, Stop & Shop, Lidl, Shaw's, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.
It was also sold under the name 'Taste of Inspirations' at Hannaford locations, according to a separate message from the grocer.
The products were distributed from August 1, 2022, through September 28, 2022.
A complete list of recalled products can be found on the FDA website.
Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes includes high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Listeria infection can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths by pregnant women.
The potential problem was found during an audit of 120 samples of product and at the Old Europe facility. No product tested positive, but one of the facilities’ samples did.The strain from that positive case has been linked to 6 cases of Listeriosis dating from 2017 to 2022.
If you have the affected product, the FDA recommends throwing it out.
Old Europe Cheese can answer questions about the recall at 269-925-5003 ext 335, and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.