‘Whole Foods Market’ Issues Recall For Cheese Due To Possible Listeria Contamination

‘Whole Foods Market’ Issues Recall For Cheese Due To Possible Listeria Contamination
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Whole Foods Market has recently announced a recall for a cheese product that came from a supplier as it is possibly contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.


The affected cheese product is the Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese that has been cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap before being made available to customers. Moreover, the said cheese bears the Whole Foods Market scale label, which begins with the code PLU 029536. In addition, Whole Foods Market says that all sell by dates are affected by the recent recall.

The issue was identified during a routine sampling done by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a whole, uncut wheel of the Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese, which revealed the presence of listeria monocytogenes. Whole Foods Market had decided to recall the product after the said finding. To date, there have been no reports of illness or infection linked to the consumption of the affected cheese product.

According to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Foodsafety.gov, listeria is a bacteria that can be found in soil, water and even some animals, such as poultry and cattle. Moreover, it can also be present in raw milk along with food products that were made with raw milk.

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Once listeria infects the body, the incubation period is said to be between 3 to 70 days. Symptoms of suffering listeria include weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, stiff neck, confusion and fever. Moreover, older adults, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems are more at risk to contract listeria. The same can also be said for those who are suffering from HIV/AIDS or other autoimmune diseases, as well as those with cancer, end-stage renal disease, liver disease, alcoholism and diabetes.

As of the moment, Whole Foods Market says it has already posted signage on its retail store shelves to advise customers of the cheese recall. Meanwhile, customers who have already purchased the product may bring their receipt to the store to receive a full refund.