Oct. 3, 2022 -- Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, Mich., has recalled its brie and camembert cheeses because of potential listeria contamination.

A recall notice on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website says consumers are urged to discard any of those cheeses that bear the best-by dates through Dec. 14, 2022. 

These cheeses were distributed from Aug. 1 to Sept. 28, 2022, at numerous stores nationwide, including Albertson’s, Safeway, Whole Foods, and Price Chopper. Some of the brands the cheeses were sold under include the Block and Barrel, Joan of Arc, Trader Joe, and Red Apple.

The notice says the recall started after “a full environmental audit of 120 samples” of cheese products and the company’s facilities. While no products showed contamination, one of the facilities’ samples tested positive, the notice says.

The FDA said the listeria strain has been linked to six cases of listeriosis from 2017 to 2022, though none involved Old Europe cheeses.

“Old Europe Cheese has stopped producing the Brie and Camembert products until further notice and is working with state and federal authorities to make the recall a fast and efficient process,” the company said in a statement on its website.

Consumers can go to the recall notice to see a full list of recalled products. Consumers with questions can telephone the company at 269-925-5003, extension 335.

The FDA says listeria poisoning can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer fever, headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

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FDA: “Old Europe Cheese, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Its Brie and Camembert Cheeses Due to Possible Health Risk”

 

Old Europe Cheese: “Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with best by dates through 12/14/2022 are subject to a voluntary recall.”

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