A Michigan cheese company with products in most small and large grocery stores in the state and nation 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, the frail or elderly, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy people only experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.
All Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with an expiry date until 14/12/2022 are subject to the voluntary recall. The products were distributed from From August 01, 2022 to September 28, 2022 and were 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 recalled products are marked Expiry dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022Retailers may have repackaged bulk items of Old Europe Cheese into smaller containers and sold this repackaged product to consumers.
This refurbished product may not bear the original labeling and product information described below (find the images of the labels here):
Consumers who have purchased the mentioned Brie and Camembert products are asked not to consume them and to discard the product. In these cases, the FDA recommends that anyone who has purchased or received recalled products exercise extra vigilance in cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces and containers that may have come into contact with these products. to reduce the risk of cross contamination. Listeria can survive refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.
Old Europe Cheese has set up a hotline to answer any questions regarding this recall. The number is 269-925-5003 ext. 335 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET. .
This action was triggered after a comprehensive 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 samples from the facilities tested positive. The strain of this positive case has been linked to 6 cases of listeriosis dating from 2017 to 2022. These cases were previously unrelated to this company’s products, but Old Europe Cheese has decided to do this voluntary recall in order to avoid any risk to its customers.
The Company has decided to voluntarily initiate the product recall based on these results and with an emphasis on the health of its consumers. The potential source of contamination has been identified and Old Europe Cheese is taking active steps to eliminate it. The production of these products has been stopped and will not restart until the Company has full confidence in the effectiveness of the measures applied.
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 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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