Thieves Steal 1.4 Tons Of Cheese Contaminated With Listeria

Listen, if there’s anyone out there who understands the lure of wheel upon wheel of beautiful cheese, it’s me. Cheese is my significant other, so I get it. But thieves in Liechtenstein are barking up a very dangerous tree by swiping 1.4 tons of cheese contaminated with harmful bacteria. That cheese is sadly, meant for no one.

According to The Local, officials are worried because the cheese that was destined to be trashed is contaminated with listeria monocytogenes and could cause listeriosis in anyone who eats it.

And because whoever stole it will likely try to resell it either directly to consumers or indirectly through another distributor, the likelihood that people won’t know they’re eating contaminated cheese is high.

The country’s food office had banned the bad batch of “Alp Sücka” cheese, and discovered 236 wheels of it were missing during an inspection, which were likely lifted from the open containers where they were hanging out to await their destruction.

Anyone who bought the cheeses after Sept. 9 should not eat it, Liechtenstein officials warned. I know, it’s cheese. But don’t eat it.

Thieves steal 1.3 tonnes of infected cheese [The Local]