Old Europe Cheese issues recall for Brie, Camembert over listeria concerns

(Credit: Food and Drug Administration)

Old Europe Cheese, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall for its Brie and Camembert cheeses over concerns of possible listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The products have best-by dates through 12/14/2022 and were distributed from August 01, 2022, through September 28, 2022.  

The cheeses are sold at stores nationwide and in Mexico including 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, Whole Foods. 

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The recall was triggered by a sample that tested positive at one of the company's facilities. 

The FDA said the same listeria strain had been linked to six illnesses between 2017 and 2022, but so far there haven't been any illnesses directly linked to the recall.

"The Company has decided to voluntarily initiate the product recall based on these results and with a focus on their consumers’ health," the FDA said on its website. "The source of potential contamination has been identified and Old Europe Cheese is taking active measures to eliminate it."

A list of affected products can be found here

Customers who have bought the product are asked not to consume it and discard it. They are also encouraged to call Old Europe Cheese at (269)-925-5003 extension 335.

Production of the products has stopped. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), listeriosis is defined as a serious infection. 

People with weakened immune systems and elderly individuals as well as pregnant women and their newborns are most at risk for a serious infection, the CDC said. Each year, about 1,600 people get sick with listeriosis and 260 die, the CDC reported.  

Meanwhile, healthy consumers can suffer from symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, the recall notice continued. 

FOX Business contributed to this report. This story was reported from Los Angeles.