October 8, 2015 — Whole Foods Market has issued a recall for organic Roquefort cheeses because they may be contaminated with Listeria.
No illnesses or infections have been reported to date.
The nationwide recall includes all cut, wrapped, and weighed Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese. It was imported from France and is made with raw organic full-cream sheep’s milk.
Whole Foods decided to initiate a recall after routine sampling by the FDA detected Listeria monocytogenes in a whole, uncut wheel of the cheese.
The product is wrapped in clear plastic wrap and can be identified by a scale label that reads PLU 029536. Whole Foods has removed the product from store shelves. All sell by dates are affected.
The FDA recommends seeking emergency medical attention if you develop symptoms of listeriosis, such as:
“Although healthy individuals may suffer only 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.”
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns that soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk are 50-160 times more likely to cause Listeria infection than cheese made with pasteurized milk. The pasteurization process kills Listeria, but even pasteurized cheese products can be cross-contaminated in unsanitary environments.
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