Whole Foods recalls Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese, as a routine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspection revealed Listeria bacteria in whole wheels.
Following the FDA inspection, all cheese from this batch is recalled in Whole Foods stores nationwide. The scale of the infection with the Listeria bacteria is unknown. For consumer safety reasons, all cheese needs to be withdrawn from shelves, according to the FDA announcement posted on the agency’s website.
So far, no reports of illness or symptoms of infection have been registered in relation to the cheese. Nonetheless, the FDA signaled that the whole wheels of Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese subject to analysis revealed the presence of the bacteria.
Infection with Listeria may result in symptoms like diarrhea, headaches, stiffness, pain and nausea, as well as high-fever. More severe symptoms may appear with children, the elderly or people with a weak immune system.
The cheese wheels present in Whole Foods stores nationwide are cut and sold in separate pieces wrapped in clear plastic. You can identify the specific slices by the scale stickers applied on the clear foil. The code present on the scale stickers of the Papillon Organic Roquefort begins with PLU 029536.
If you have already purchased the cheese wedges, it is recommended that you throw them away. All customers who have purchased it and want a refund should head to a Whole Foods store with the receipt.
The incubation period for the Listeria infection is estimated between three and 70 days. The symptoms may last longer than a few days. In extreme cases, hospitalization may be required.
As Whole Foods recalls Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese, a recommendation coming from the FDA is to also wash the fridge shelves where the cheese wedges have been deposited.
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