Whole Foods Market has announced the recall of Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese because the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.
The greatest risk of serious infection is seen in older adults, newborns, pregnant women, and individuals with weakened immune systems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In some instances, people outside these higher risk groups become seriously ill.
The Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese can be identified by the Whole Foods scale label that begins with PLU 029536. The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with the scale label. Whole Foods Market decided to recall the cheese after routine sampling conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found Listeria monocytogenes in a whole, uncut wheel of the cheese. All sell by dates of the cheese are included in the recall.
Listeria infection symptoms include high fever, severe headache, muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Healthy individuals usually suffer only short-term symptoms but listeria infection can cause serious illness in higher risk individuals and can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. The CDC says anyone who develops symptoms of listeria infection should seek immediate medical attention.
To date, no illnesses or infections have been reported, the company said. Whole Foods has posted signs on store shelves to notify customers of the recall and all affected cheese has been removed from store shelves, the FDA reports. The CDC says the risk of foodborne illness can be reduced by following recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage.
Consumers who have purchased this cheese from Whole Foods stores may bring their receipt to their local store for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact their local Whole Foods store or call 512-477-5566 ext. 20060 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.