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Whole Foods Recalls Roquefort Cheese Following FDA Tests Showing Possible Listeria Contamination

Oct 13, 2015

Possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has prompted Whole Foods Market to recall Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese from its stores nationwide.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) discovered the contamination through routine sampling of the cheese. The FDA found listeria bacteria in an uncut wheel of the cheese, prompting the recall, Hoop News reports.

According to the recall announcement, the recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and labeled with the Whole Foods Market scale label that starts with the number PLU 029536. All batches for all sales dates have been recalled. Whole Foods has removed the cheese from store shelves and posted signs informing customers about the recall. The company says that, to date, no one has one has reported becoming sick after eating the cheese.

Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause muscle stiffness, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, high fever, and acute headaches. In severe case it can lead to meningitis, encephalitis, septicemia, endocarditis, miscarriage, and stillbirths. An individual can show symptoms anywhere from two to 60 days after ingesting contaminated food, making it difficult for health officials to track infections.

The FDA advises that "young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems," can develop serious and sometimes fatal infections from listeria. Healthy individuals usually suffer only short-term symptoms but in rare instances, persons outside these high-risk groups can be seriously affected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that the risk may be reduced by carefully following recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage. A consumer disposing of possibly tainted food should make sure that it will not be eaten by anyone else.

Consumers who have purchased Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese from any Whole Foods store may bring their receipt to the store for a full refund. Any customer who has questions about the recall should contact their local store or call Whole Foods at 512-477-5566, ext. 20060 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST.

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