Listeria outbreak linked to cheese sold by Safeway, Whole Foods and other grocery chains

Brie and Camembert cheeses sold at retailers nationwide and in Mexico are being recalled due to a multistate listeria outbreak that has sickened six individuals, hospitalizing 5 of them, federal officers say.

Friday’s recall by Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Old Europe Cheese includes all of its Brie and Camembert merchandise with “best by” dates by way of December 14, 2022, the company said in a discover posted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (See here for an in depth listing of the recalled merchandise, which contain greater than 20 manufacturers.)

The recalled cheeses had been sold at supermarkets from August 1, 2022, by way of September 28, 2022. Those retailers possible included Albertsons, Athenian Foods, Fresh Thyme, Giant Foods, Harding’s, Lidl, Market Basket, Meijer, Price Chopper, Raley’s, Safeway, Save Mart, Sprouts, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods, the company mentioned. 

Image of 1 cheese product recalled on Friday by Old Europe Cheese of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The FDA cautioned towards consuming any of the recalled cheeses in mild of an outbreak of listeria infections in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas. Of the 5 individuals who supplied info to the FDA, 4 reported consuming Brie or Camembert cheese earlier than turning into in poor health, said the company, which is investigating the outbreak alongside with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Listeria infections may cause critical and typically deadly sickness in younger youngsters, frail or aged individuals, or others with weakened immune methods, in accordance to the CDC. Healthy individuals could expertise signs like excessive fever, extreme headache and abdomen ache. The organism also can trigger miscarriages and stillbirths.

An estimated 1,600 Americans get listeriosis every year, and about 260 die, in accordance to the CDC.

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