A Michigan cheese company with products in most small and large grocery stores in the state and across the country is recalling dozens of products due to possible Listeria contamination.
Here is the information from the FDA:
Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI is issuing a voluntary recall of its Brie and Camembert cheeses due to potential contamination with 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 only suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
All Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with best before dates up to and including 12/14/2022 are subject to the voluntary recall. The products were distributed from 1 August 2022 to 28 September 2022 and was available in supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores throughout the country and 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 recalled products are marked with Best By Dates ranging from 28 September 2022 to 14 December 2022Retailers may have repackaged bulk Old Europe Cheese items into smaller containers and sold this repackaged product to consumers.
This repackaged product may not have the original labeling and product information as described below (find pictures of the labels here):
Consumers who have purchased the indicated Brie and Camembert products are urged not to consume it and to discard the product. In these cases, the FDA recommends that anyone who has purchased or received recalled products use extra vigilance in cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and containers that may have 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 phone line to answer questions about this recall. The number is 269-925-5003 ext 335 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm ET.
This action was triggered after a full environmental audit of 120 samples, both of the product and of the company’s facilities. None of the products showed contamination, but one of the facility’s samples tested positive. The strain from the positive case has been linked to 6 cases of listeriosis from 2017 to 2022. These cases were not previously linked to this company’s products, but Old Europe Cheese decided to make this voluntary recall to avoid risk to their customers.
The company has decided to voluntarily start the recall of the product based on these results and with a focus on consumer health. The source of potential contamination has been identified and Old Europe Cheese is taking active measures to eliminate it. Production of these products has been stopped and will not restart until the company has full confidence in the effectiveness of the measures taken.
The company is working closely with state and federal authorities and with its customers to make this voluntary recall as quick and efficient as possible. The quality and safety of our products is our first 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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