US Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to cheeses

Six cases of Listeria monocytogenes have been linked to brie and camembert cheeses manufactured in by Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Outbreak cases were reported to the CDC by California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas.

Five of the six outbreak victims were hospitalized. There have been no deaths.

Four of the five patients for whom information was available reported having consumed brie or camembert cheese before becoming ill.

Old Europe Cheese has announced a voluntary recall of all Brie and Camembert products with best by dates through 12/14/2022. The recalled products were distributed across the United States and in Mexico from August 01, 2022 through September 28, 2022.

The recalled cheeses were packaged and sold under a variety of brand names, including: Reny Picot, Black Bear, Block & Barrel, Charmant, Cobblestone, Culinary Tour, Fredericks, Fresh Thyme, Glenview Farms, Good & Gather, Heinen’s, Joan of Arc, La Bonne Vie, Lidl Preferred Selection, Life in Provence, Matrie’d, Market 32, Metropolitan, Prestige, Primo Taglio, Red Apple Cheese, St. Randeaux, Taste of Inspiration, St. Rocco, and Trader Joe.

Please refer to the Old Europe Cheese recall notice for a complete list of recalled products, which are believed to have been sold at Albertsons, Safeway, Meijer, Harding’s, Shaw’s, Price Chopper, Market Basket, Raley’s, Save Mart, Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, Fresh Thyme, Lidl, Sprouts, Athenian Foods, and Whole Foods. 

The company cautions that other retailers may have sold the recalled cheeses. If you have purchased a brie or camembert cheese, please refer to the recall list and discard any cheese that appears on that list.

The FDA, with the assistance of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, carried out an intensive inspection of the Old Europe Cheese facility in Benton Harbor.

The investigation included collecting and analyzing 120 environmental and finished product samples.

One of the environmental samples yielded a culture of Listeria monocytogenes that matched the outbreak strain.

Advice from FDA to consumers, restaurants and retailers

  • Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products and should throw them away; this includes Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022, and all flavors and quantities.
  • Retailers may have repackaged bulk Old Europe Cheese items into smaller containers and sold this repackaged product to consumers. This repackaged product may not bear the original labeling and product information. If you are unsure where your Brie or Camembert cheese is from, ask your retailer or throw it away.
  • Call your healthcare provider right away if you have these symptoms after eating Old Europe Cheese Inc. or Reny Picot brand Brie and Camembert products:
    • Pregnant people typically experience only fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. However, Listeria infection during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
    • People who are not pregnant may experience headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, in addition to fever and muscle aches.
  • Follow FDA’s safe handling and cleaning advice and use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination, including retailers who repackaged bulk recalled cheese. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

Old Europe Cheese has set up a telephone line to answer any questions about this recall. The number is 269-925-5003 ext 335 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm ET


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Recalls and Alerts: September 27-28, 2022

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OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE: FDA releases weekly status update of in-progress foodborne disease investigations. The agency reports a new outbreak of 28 confirmed Salmonella Litchfield cases. The source of this outbreak has not yet been identified.

Allergy Alert: Momyer Distribution Inc recalls Dark Chocolate Almonds sold at Safeway/Albertsons (9.5oz plastic container; Best by on or before 10/15/2023; UPC 0 19061 19371 2) and Holly Hill Gourmet Snacks Dark Chocolate Almonds sold at Roths Fresh Market (9.5oz plastic container; Best by on or before 10/21/2023; UPC 0 08918 23018 2) due to undeclared milk.

Food Safety Recall: Valley Milk Simply Bottled (Modesto, CA) recalls Valley Milk Simply Bottled Raw Sheep Milk (half-gallon (64-oz) plastic jugs; Expiration dates SEP 28 2022 through OCT 01 2022) due to possible Campylobacter jejuni contamination. The recalled product was sold in California.

Pet Food Safety Recall: BREUER PREMIUM PET FOOD CO, INC recalls Spot & Tango Chicken and Brown Rice UnKibble Dog Food (28oz, 38oz, 47oz, 56oz; LOT CODE/ SKU number T-22220 U-C-004 T-22223 U-C-005 T-22220 U-C-006) due to Salmonella contamination. The recall was initiated on September 6, 2022 and reported in the FDA Enforcement Report dated September 28, 2022.

Canada

Allergy Alert: Boucherie comme chez vous (Drummondville, QC) recalls Pâté au saumon / Salmon pâté (Sold up to 26 September 2022) due to undecalred wheat (gluten), egg, soy and sulphites.

Food Safety Recall: Intermarché Palumbo (Laval, QC) recalls La Boucanerie Adar Maquereau fumé au poivre / Smoked mackerel with pepper (Variable weight; Sold up to 26 September 2022) because the product was not packaged in a way that ensures its safety.

Food Safety Recall: Oyster Kings Inc. recalls various brands of oysters due to Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories.

Europe

Allergy Alert Update (Belgium): Tching de Luxe recalls Advocaat Classic, Advocaat Chocolat, Advocaat Fraise, Advocaat Pistache et Advocaatbox (370 ml and 4 x 100 ml; Sold from November 2021 to September 2022, inclusive) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Delhaize recalls Delhaize brand Plateau hamburger / Hamburger platter (All Use by dates from 18/09/2022 to 30/09/2022) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert (Germany): ARDO GmbH recalls REWE Beste Wahl, Blattspinat portioniert / Leaf spinach portions (500g; Lot #142174; Best before 06/2024) due to undeclared milk.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Delhaize recalls Delhaize brand Plateau hamburger / Hamburger platter (All Use by dates from 18/09/2022 to 30/09/2022) due to undeclared gluten.

Allergy Alert (Sweden): Skåne Kebab Döner AB recalls nötfärskebab / ground beef kebab and färdiggrillad nötfärskebab / grilled ground beef kebab due to undeclared mustard.

Food Safety Recall (Belgium): Albert Heijn recalls Organic Crave protein chips cheese (30g; Best before 08/05/2023) due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SALAISONS DE JASTRES recalls Ferdinand Chaudouard brand Saucisse Artisanale de l’Ardèche IGP / Dry sausage (300g; Lot 22331; Best before dates between 6/11/2022 and 20/11/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): Industry recalls BELCANDO RIND MIT KARTOFFEL & ERBSEN / Beef with potato and peas (400g; Lot 22131; Best before 11/05/2026; Product of Germany) due to foreign matter contamination (piece of magnet).

Food Safety Recall (France): CARREFOUR recalls Carrefour Le Marché brand Queues de crevettes NATURES décortiquées sans sulfites ajoutés / Unseasoned, shelled shrimp tails without sulphites (250g; Lots 2222570002, 2222580002, 2222620116, 2222650003; Use by 26/09/2022, 27/09/2022, 01/10/2022, 04/10/2022, respectively) due to Vibrio vulnificus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): ASAF IBRAHIM  recalls SUNTAT brand HELVA VANILLE / Vanilla halvah (350g; Best before 30/11/2023) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SAUVYNA INTERMARCHE CHALLUY recalls ONNO brand TERRINE GRAND PERE (Lot PY01200235; Use by 06/10/2022) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Akar GmbH recalls SEKEROGLU TAHIN / Tahini (460g; Lot L13421TN; Best before 13.04.2023) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Sweden): Kalasmat i Luleå recalls portionsrätten Rostbiff med pastasallad / Roast beef with pasta salad (480g; Best before 22-09-29 and 22-09-30) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Australia and New Zealand

Allergy Alert (Australia): Manna Confection​ery Pty Ltd recalls three flavours of Happi Free From Oat M!lk Chocolate (80g) due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Australia): Brownes Foods Operations Pty Ltd recalls Brownes Dairy Mango Yoghurt (120g; Use by 14 OCT 22) due to contamination with sanitizing solution.

Recalls and Alerts: September 24-26, 2022

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Food Safety Recall: Behrmann Meat and Processing Inc. recalls approximately 87,382 pounds of various ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Europe

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION (Italy): The MInistry of Health has been investigating multiple cases of Listeria monocytogenes reported from various regions of Italy. At least some of the cases appear linked to poultry sausages produced by Agricola Tre Valli – IT 04 M CE. The company has recalled all product manufactured prior to 12 September 2022.

OUTBREAK INVESTIGATION UPDATE (Sweden): Since July 2019, 47 people in Sweden have been reported sick with several different serotypes of Salmonella (S. Havana, S. Kintambo, S. Mbandaka, S. Orion, S. Senftenberg and S. Amsterdam) which have also been found in tahini (pasta on sesame seeds) and halva (confectionery made with tahini) from Syria. A large number of outbreaks have also been identified internationally, in Europe, North America and Oceania.

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Pepsico BeLux BV recalls Lays Max Double Crunch Red Sweet Chilli Pepper (140g; Lot GBB 21B 187; Best before 22/10/2022) due to undeclared wheat (gluten).

Allergy Alert (Belgium): Tching de Luxe recalls Tching Advocaat Classic (370 ml; Sold from November 2021 to September 2022), Tching Advocaat Chocolat (370 ml; Sold from November 2021 to September 2022), and Advocaatbox (4 x 100 ml; Sold from March 2022 to September 2022) due to undeclared soy.

Allergy Alert (Luxembourg): Pepsico BeLux BV recalls Lays Max Double Crunch Red Sweet Chilli Pepper (140g; Lot GBB 21B 187; Best before 22/10/2022) due to undeclared wheat (gluten).

Allergy Alert (UK): Happi Free From recalls three flavours of Oat M!lk Chocolate Bars supplied to Tesco due to undeclared milk. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (France): SILVE NETTO recalls NETTO brand Batonnets de surimi / Surimi sticks (pack of 24 / 400g; Lot 00124527; Use by 28/11/2022) due to staphylococcal enterotoxin contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOMARDIS E.LECLERC MARMOUTIER recalls Sandwich et malicettes au poulet / Chicken sandwich (All lots; Sold up to 21/09/2022) due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): AUCHAN RETAIL SERVICES AUCHAN recalls Auchan Le Poissonnier brand Queues de crevettes cuites réfrigérées / Cooked, refrigerated shrimp tails (250g; Lots 2222640001, 2222650001, 2222620115; Use by 03/10/2022, 04/10/2022, 01/10/2022, respectively) due to Vibrio vulnificus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): FOOD NEGOCE IBRAHIM recalls SUNTAT brand HELVA VANILLE / Vanilla halvah (350g; Best before 30/11/2023) due to Salmonella contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): SOCIETE NOUVELLE GAST recalls GAST brand POITRINE ROULEE CUITE / Cooked, rolled breast (4 slices; Lot 22257; Use by 06/10/2022, 07/10/2022 & 10/10/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (France): BCT 500 recalls Paul et Ferdinand brand Saucisse sèche courbe IGP Ardèche / Dry sausage (250g; Lot 22331; Best before 06/11/2022, 12/11/2022, 13/11/2022, 14/11/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): AIA Agricola Italiana Alimentare Spa recalls Diverse WUDY Geflügelwürstchen, teilweise mit Käsezubereitung / Various WUDY poultry sausages, some with cheese due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): AIA S.p.A. recalls Geflügelwürstchen der Marken WUDY und PAVO / WUDY and PAVO brand poultry sausages (Best before dates to 30.11.2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): AIA Agricola Italiana Alimentare Spa recalls PAVO Geflügelwürstchen / poultry sausages (1 kg; Best before dates up to and including 16/10/2022) and PAVO Geflügelwürstchen FRANKFURT / poultry hot dogs (100g; Best before dates up to and including 08/11/2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): Sivas GmbH recalls TT TAVUK SPEZiAL / Sausages (1000g; Best before 21.09.2022, 18.10.2022 & 24.11.2022) due to Listeria contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Germany): AIA Agricola Italiana Alimentare Spa recalls WUDY Schweinwürstchen / Pork sausages (250g; Best before dates up to and including 07.11.2022) due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Luxembourg): AUCHAN recalls Auchan Le Poissonnier brand Queues de crevettes décortiquées cuites réfrigérées / Cooked, refrigerated shrimp tails, shelled (250g; Lots 2222640001, 2222650001, 2222620115; Use by 03/10/2022, 04/10/2022, 01/10/2022, respectively) due to Vibrio vulnificus contamination.

Food Safety Recall (Spain): Industry recalls multiple WUDY and PAVO brand sausages due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Please refer to the recall notice for a complete list of affected products.