Recall alert: Old Europe Cheese products recalled over listeria concerns (update)

Update:

11:15 a.m. ET, Oct. 6, 2022: Old Europe Cheese, is expanding its voluntary recall of Brie cheeses announced last week  to include additional products, specifically baked brie cheeses. 

These are products with best by dates through Dec. 14, 2022. The products were distributed from Aug. 1, 2022 through Sept. 28, 2022 and were available at supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores nationwide and in Mexico.

Click here to see the list of products being recalled.

Original story:

Old Europe Cheese Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of its Brie and Camembert cheese products because of a possible outbreak of listeria.

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According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the cheese was sold at about a dozen major retailers in the U.S. between Aug. 1 and Sept. 28. Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with best by dates through Dec. 14, 2022, are subject to the voluntary recall.

The cheese was sold at 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 and Whole Foods, according to Old Europe Cheese Inc.

Consumers who have purchased the cheese should discard it, the FDA said.

Listeria infection is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women, people older than 65 and those with weakened immune systems, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The recall came after an investigation of 120 samples, both of the product and of the company’s facilities. One of the facilities’ samples tested positive, and the strain from that positive case has been linked to six cases of listeriosis dating from 2017 to 2022.

These cases were not previously linked to this company’s products, the FDA said, but Old Europe Cheese decided to do this voluntary recall in order to avoid any risk to their customers

As of Monday, six people were confirmed to have contracted listeria believed to be connected to strain, according to the Food Safety News. Those sickened live in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas.

Old Europe Cheese has set up a telephone line to answer any questions about this recall. The number is (269) 925-5003 ext. 335 and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. ET.