Massachusetts Case Of Listeria Reported, Over 20 Cheese Brands Recalled

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A listeria outbreak has been linked to multiple cheese brands, with one case found in Massachusetts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Michigan-based company, Old Europe Cheese issued a voluntary recall of all of its Brie and Camembert Cheeses on Friday because of potential contamination.

Six people have been infected with listeria from six different states across the U.S including California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas. Five people were reported hospitalized.

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The C.D.C urges people who may have purchased Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with "best by" dates ranging from September 28 through December 14 to throw them away. 25 different brands sold at stores across the U.S and in Mexico were included in the recall. Some retailers include Albertsons, Safeway, Meijer, Harding’s, Shaw’s, Price Chopper, Market Basket, Raley’s, Save Mart, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Thyme, Lidl, Sprouts, Athenian Foods, Whole Foods, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Products from the following brands are included in the recall. For a detailed product description list click here.

  • Black Bear
  • Block & Barrel
  • Charmant
  • Cobblestone
  • Culinary Tour
  • Fredericks
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Glenview Farms
  • Good & Gather
  • Heinen’s
  • Joan of Arc
  • La Bonne Vie
  • Lidl
  • Life in Provence
  • Market 32
  • Matrie’d
  • Metropolitan
  • Prestige
  • Primo Taglio
  • Red Apple Cheese
  • Reny Picot
  • St. Randeaux
  • St. Rocco
  • Taste of Inspiration
  • Trader Joe

If recalled cheese has been purchased, the C.D.C says to throw away the product and clean any surfaces and containers that may have touched it. Listeria is able to survive in the refrigerator and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

Symptoms indicating infection usually start within two weeks of eating the contaminated food, but can start as early as the same day or as late as 10 weeks after.

WBZ's Shari Small (ShariSmallNews) reports.

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