Federal officials say Brie and Camembert cheeses are being sold at retailers nationwide and in Mexico after a multistage listeria outbreak sickened six people, five of whom were hospitalized. .
The Friday recall by Benton Harbor, Michigan-based Old Europe Cheese includes all of its Brie and Camembert products, with “best by” dates until December 14, 2022, the company said in a notice posted by the US Food and Drug Administration. . (Look here for a comprehensive list of the recalled products, which include more than 20 brands.)
The recalled cheeses were sold in supermarkets from August 1, 2022 to September 28, 2022. Those retailers included Albertsons, Athenian Foods, Fresh Thyme, Giant Foods, Harding’s, Lidl, Market Basket, Meijer, Price Chopper, Raleigh, Safeway,. Save Mart, Sprouts, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods, the company said.
The FDA cautioned against eating anything recalled in the wake of listeria infection outbreaks in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas. Four out of five people who provided information to the FDA reported eating Brie or Camembert cheese before becoming ill, said the agency, which is investigating the outbreak with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC, Listeria infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal illness in young children, frail or elderly people, or other people with weakened immune systems. Healthy people may experience symptoms such as high fever, severe headache and abdominal pain. The organism can also cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
According to the CDC, an estimated 1,600 Americans get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die.