Whole Foods Recalls Organic Cheese Over Possible Listeria Contamination

Here at Consumerist it’s no secret that we love our cheese: cheddar, Swiss, Gruyere, Brie… there’s really no end to that list. So we hate to bring news that might sour anyone on cheese, but we have some bad news: Whole Foods has issued a recall of Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese over concerns it may be contaminated with listeria. 

Whole Foods initiated the voluntary recall of the cut, wrapped and weighed Papillion cheese after a routine sampling conducted by the Food & Drug Administration found Listeria Monocytogenes in a whole, uncut wheel of the organic cheese.

The recall covers all sell dates for the cheese, which can be identified by the scale label that begins with PLU 029536.

Whole Foods says it is unaware of any illnesses or infections related to the possible contamination. The company has posted signage on retail store shelves to notify customers of the recall, and all affected product has been removed.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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