Whole Foods has announced that it has recalled blue cheese sold across its entire line of stores nationwide that came from a supplier due to there being a potential the cheese is contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria is an organism that can cause very severe and at times fatal infections in people who are frail, young children, the elderly and those with immune systems that are weakened.
People who are healthy might suffer symptoms that are short term such as stiffness, headaches, abdominal pains, nausea, high fever and diarrhea.
However, the infection could cause women who are pregnant to have a miscarriage of stillbirths.
If those types of symptoms occur, consumers should visit their medical care provider immediately.
The cheese that has been recalled was cut then repackaged into plastic wrap and sold with scale labels of Whole Foods Market.
The organic food market decided to make the recall of the cheese after the FDA has made a routine sampling and discovered Listeria Monocytogenes in one uncut whole wheel of cheese.
The product is Papillion Organic Roquefort and the scale label identifying it starts PLU 029536. Officials said that every “sell by date” was affected.
Officials said there had been no reports of infections or illnesses associated with the cheese and signage has been posted in stores notifying customers of the recall with all of the affected product taken off store shelves.
Customers who purchased the cheese from any Whole Foods Market are requested to bring it in with the store receipt for a complete refund.
Listeria can cause listeriosis, which can be fatal. The Center for Disease Control said symptoms can be felt as soon as a couple of days or as long as two months following the consumption of food, that is contaminated.
In severe cases, hospitalization is needed and the symptoms could last as long as four weeks. The bacteria are able to survive from between three and seventy days.