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Michigan cheeses sold at Meijer, Whole Foods and other stores have been recalled for possible listeria.

Michigan cheeses sold at Meijer, Whole Foods and other stores have been recalled for possible listeria.

A Michigan cheese company that has products in most small and large grocery stores in the state and nationwide is recalling dozens of products due to possible listeria contamination.

Here’s information from the Food and Drug Administration:

Old Europe Cheese, Inc. exports. In Benton Harbor, MI requested a voluntary recall of Brie and Camembert cheese due to possible contamination Listeria monocytogenesIt is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may only experience short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriage and stillbirth among pregnant women.

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All Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with best dates through 12/14/2022 are subject to voluntary returns. Products are distributed from From August 1, 2022 to September 28, 2022 They were available in supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores throughout the country and Mexico; Retailers are Albertsons, Safeway, Major, Hardings, Shoe’s, Price Chopper, Market Basket, Raleigh’s, Save Mart, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Thyme, Lidl, Sprouts, Athenian Foods, Whole Foods. This list may not include all retail establishments that have received the returned product or may include retail establishments that have not actually received the returned product.

The following recalled products are marked with the icon Best by dates ranging from From September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022retailers may have repacked bulk old European cheeses into smaller containers and sold this repackaged product to consumers.

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This repackaged product may not have the original labels and product information as shown below (Find pictures of the labels here):

Consumers who have purchased the mentioned Brie and Camembert products are urged not to consume them and to discard the product. In these cases, the FDA recommends that anyone who has purchased or received any returned products use extra vigilance in cleaning and disinfecting any surfaces and containers that may have come into contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to foods and other surfaces.

Old Europe Cheese has set up a phone line to answer any questions about this recall, the number is 269-925-5003 ext. 335 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM and 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM local time Eastern.

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This procedure was run after a full environmental audit of 120 samples, both for the product and the company’s facilities. None of the products showed contamination, but one of the facility samples tested positive. The strain resulting from this positive case has been linked to 6 cases of listeriosis dating from 2017 to 2022. These cases were not previously associated with this company’s products, but Old Europe Cheese decided to make this voluntary recall to avoid any risk to its customers.

The company decided to voluntarily initiate a product recall based on these findings with a focus on consumers’ health. The source of the potential contamination has been identified and the Old Europe Cheese Company is taking effective measures to eliminate it. Production of these products has been discontinued and will not be resumed until the Company is fully confident in the effectiveness of the measures implemented.

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The company works closely with state and federal authorities and its customers to make this voluntary recall as fast and efficient as possible. The quality and safety of our products is our number one priority. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this situation. The top priority of Old Europe cheese is the health of our customers.

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