FDA investigators found Listeria in an uncut wheel of Papillion Organic Roquefort cheese, an expensive brand of sheep milk blue cheese from France. Listeria monocytogenes is a microorganism that can cause food poisonong in small children, seniors, pregnant women and other people with a weakened immune system. In severe cases, the bacteria can lead to other complications and even death.
FDA inspectors reported that they found the cheese properly packaged and wearing the scale label of Whole Foods Market. The scale label code of contaminated products starts with PLU 029536, so if you have in your home a product with this code, you should immediately discard it since all sell by dates were affected by the contamination.
On the other hand, after this week’s news that Whole Foods announced nationwide cheese recall over listeria fears, there were no reports of people becoming ill from eating the cheese. The cheese is no longer for sale in Whole Foods locations.
The company announced that everyone who bought the product from its stores would be granted a full refund if they brought the receipt. If you have questions, you can go to your local store or call 512-477-5566 ext. 20060.
In some cases, there is an amount of time between the day you ate a contaminated product and the onset of symptoms. That time varies greatly from one patient to another. It can take from 2 to 70 days for Listeria infection symptoms to appear.
The most common symptoms of the infection also known as Listeriosis are high fever, diarrhea, stomach pain, headaches, nausea. In pregnant women the infection can lead to still births or miscarriages. Consumers with these symptoms are urged to call their GP.
Last month, a California company recalled six brands of soft cheeses after FDA investigators found traces of Listeria in them. About 24 Californians were reported sick, while one man from Ohio died.
According to official reports, five of those illnesses affected pregnant women. One of those women had a miscarriage. Fourteen cases were from California, but people in Michigan, Massachusetts, New York, Washington and Tennessee were also affected.
Whole Foods also drew media’s attention this summer, when a group of New York City investigators found that some of the retailer’s stores were mislabeling packaged food and overcharged customers.
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