Contaminated cheese from Crave Brothers was sold in Whole Foods stores in 30 states.
Whole Foods and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Co. are issuing a voluntary cheese recall in response to an outbreak of a bacterial infection that has sickened people in several states and killed at least one person.
Whole Foods says the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, reports the New York Daily News
. It was sold in 30 states and Washington DC under names including Les Freres and Crave Brothers Les Freres. The Daily News reports that cases have been identified in at least three states. One Illinois resident became sick and in Minnesota one elderly person died and another was hospitalized after illnesses linked to the cheese.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause sometimes fatal infections in children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Look for cheese that is packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. Whole Foods is posting signs in its stores to inform customers about the recall, and is asking customers to throw the cheese away and bring in a receipt for a full refund.
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