FMA International of Brooklyn, NY, is recalling one lot of SAS Fromagerie Ottavi Tome Corse Sheep Milk Cheese, because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recall is the result of an ongoing recall and outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in Europe associated with cheese from SAS Fromagerie Ottavi. FMA International was notified by the France manufacturer and immediately recalled the cheese imported to the United States.

FMA International imported a total of one case from the affected lot.

Ottavi Tome Corse cheese was distributed in the state of Oregon to a specialty food distributor. 

A case from the recalled lot has since been accounted for and has been subsequently destroyed. It was never sold to any retailers or restaurants.

Recalled product:

Fromagerie Ottavi Tome Corse Sheep Milk Cheese – circular wheels of cheese weighing approximately 6 lbs.VC34907/08/2023

Consumers who have purchased SAS Fromagerie Tome Corse should not consume or distribute the product and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

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 eaten any recalled cheese and 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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