Old Europe Cheese Inc. is expanding its recall of brie cheeses announced on Sept. 30 because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The FDA is investigating an outbreak of infections caused by Listeria monocytogenes that are linked to Old Europe Cheeses. As of Sept. 30, there have been six confirmed patients, five of whom have had to be hospitalized.
The following baked brie products are being added to the Sept. 30 Old Europe Cheese recall. These are products with best-by dates through Dec. 14 and are subject to the recall. The products were distributed from Aug. 01, through Sept. 28, and were available at supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores nationwide in the United States and also in Mexico.
The following products being recalled are marked with best-by dates ranging from Sept. 28 to Dec. 14.
|Brand||Product Name||Packaging & size||UPC Code|
|CULINARY TOUR||*8 oz Plain Baked Brie||Clamshell 8 oz||011225005350|
|CULINARY TOUR||*11 oz Cranberry Baked Brie||Clamshell 11 oz||011225005367|
|LA BONNE VIE||*8 oz Plain Baked Brie||Clamshell 8 oz||820581678814|
|LA BONNE VIE||*11 oz Cranberry Baked Brie||Clamshell 11 oz||820581678821|
|LIDL||* 8 oz Plain Baked Brie||Clamshell 8 oz||4056489151203|
|LIDL||*11 oz Cranberry Baked Brie||Clamshell 11 oz||4056489151203|
|LIDL||*11 oz Fig Baked Brie||Clamshell 11 oz||4056489310907|
|PRIMO TAGLIO||* 8 oz Plain Baked Brie||Clamshell 8 oz||021130098460|
|Reny Picot||*8 oz Plain Baked Brie||Clamshell 8 oz||033421050088|
|Reny Picot||*11 o zCranberry Baked Brie||Clamshell 11 oz||033421051115|
|Reny Picot||*11 oz Apple Baked Brie||Clamshell 11 oz||033421500811|
|Reny Picot||*11 oz Fig Baked Brie||Clamshell 11 oz||033421053119|
The initial recall can be found here.
Consumers who have purchased the stated products are urged not to consume it and discard the product. FDA recommends in these cases that anyone who purchased or received any recalled products to use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.
About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.
Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.
Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.
Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.
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