Whole Foods Market is recalling Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese sold in all of its stores nationwide that came from its supplier because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. Whole Foods decided to recall the cheese after routine sampling conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found Listeria monocytogenes in a whole, uncut wheel of the cheese. The Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese product can be identified by the scale label that begins with PLU 029536. All sell-by dates are affected. No illnesses or infections have been reported to date. Signage is posted on retail store shelves to notify customers of this recall, and all affected product has been removed from shelves. Consumers who have purchased this product from Whole Foods Market stores may bring their receipt to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact their local store or call (512) 477-5566, ext. 20060, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET. Listeria is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. 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. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.
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