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Major warning as cheeses sold across the US are recalled after they are linked to listeria outbreak English Headline


TWO types of cheese sold across the US and in Mexico are being recalled after a link was found to a listeria outbreak, causing six cases of infection between 2017 to 2022.

Old Europe Cheese, Inc has issued a voluntary recall of its brie and Camembert cheeses that were distributed between August 1 and September 28 with best-by dates through December 14.

Old Europe Cheese, Inc has issued a recall of their brie and Camembert cheese products

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Old Europe Cheese, Inc has issued a recall of their brie and Camembert cheese productsCredit: Getty

A full environmental audit of over 120 samples of both the company’s products and facilities was done, finding that one of the facilities’ samples tested positive for listeria.

Listeria infections can cause severe illness as a result of bacteria spreading from the gut to other parts of the body.

Newborns, people 65 and older, pregnant people and the immunocompromised are at most risk, according to a food safety alert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In most cases, people will have mild food poisoning but severe cases can end in pregnancy loss, premature birth and newborn deaths.

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Over 25 different brands sold the products including Black Bear and Trader Joe’s and in stores such as Whole Foods, Stop & Shop and Lidl, said the CDC.

Anyone who bought the products are being told to throw them away and clean any surfaces the cheese touched.

The CDC says listeria can survive in the fridge and spread to other foods and surfaces.

Old Europe Cheese announced that it has stopped producing the brie and Camembert products for the foreseeable future. 

The company, based in Michigan, is also working with state and federal authorities for an efficient recall process.

“The source of potential contamination has been identified and Old Europe Cheese is taking active measures to eliminate it,” the company said in a statement.

“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this situation.”

An environmental audit found that one of the facilities tested positive for listeria

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An environmental audit found that one of the facilities tested positive for listeriaCredit: Getty





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