Swiss American is the latest company to recall products due to possible contamination with listeria amid an outbreak that has sickened at least half a dozen people in six states.
Swiss American said in a notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday that the St. Louis, Missouri-based company recalled its Brie cheeses after a maker of Old Europe cheese was alerted that they may be contaminated with listeria. .
The company said that the pre-cut wedges and cheese wheels include best-buy dates till December 14, 2022. (See product list and UPC code here.)
Hy-Vee follows the first of a week one recall that includes gift baskets, cheese boards and other products sold in eight states.
The West Des Moines, Iowa-based retailer has recalled eight products after being notified by Old Europe Cheese that they may contain contaminated cheese.
The recall includes the following products with best dates from September 28 to December 14 that were sold at Hi-V grocery stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin:
02-47309-00000 Cranberry Brie Torte (Brie Hostess)
02-47310-00000 Apricot Brie Torte (Brie Hostess)
02-47260-00000 Triple Crme Brie, Montamore Cheddar, and Aged Gouda Cheese Board
02-45920-00000 Sparkling Fruit and Cheese Board
02-46794-00000 La Bonne Vie Domestic Double Creme Brie (Cut and Wrapped)
02-46795-00000 La Bonne V French Double Creme Brie (Sliced and Wrapped)
75450-12681 Bon Appetite Gift Basket
75450-12588 Deluxe Delight Gift Basket
The company said that people who have purchased any products should throw them out or return them. Those with questions can call toll-free at (800) 772-4098.
Hi-Vee operates more than 280 retail stores in eight Midwestern states.
Federal officials say Brie and Camembert cheeses were being recalled days after they were sold at retailers nationwide and in Mexico because of a multistate listeria outbreak that sickened six people and killed five of them. was kept in the hospital.
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 FDA. (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 probably included Albertsons, Athenian Foods, Fresh Thyme, Giant Foods, Harding’s, Lidl, Market Basket, Meijer, Price Chopper, Raleigh, Safeway, among others. Save Mart, Sprouts, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods, the company said.
The FDA cautioned against eating anything recalled in light of outbreaks of listeria infections 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.