Whole Foods Market, Inc is recalling all of its cut of Papillon organic Roquefort cheese, because it can be potentially contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is a mortal bacteria. This organism can cause serious infections with fatal implications in elderly and children those who have weak or compromised immune system.
Whole Foods has taken the decision after it was submitted to a routine sampling handled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA. During the check up they found that the whole, uncut wheel of the cheese was contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes.
According to the report by the FDA, no particular infections or illness has been reported till now. In all the stores affected, a warning sign notifying the customers of the recent recall has been set up. The Papillon cheese was sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels, and it has been removed from the shelves.
The recalled product can be easily identified by PLU 019536 on the label.
Customers who have purchased the product from the food chain can either throw them away or can bring their receipt to the store and can get a full refund. FDA has given a number which any person can contact if they have any questions.
FDA said that the bacteria can contaminate other foods when brought into the home, even if refrigerated.
Listeria monocytogenes bacteria is usually found in contaminated food. The disease mostly affects pregnant women, adults, and adults with weak immune system. This infection is an important public health problem in US.
People with relatively strong immune system may suffer only short-term symptoms like high fever, stiffness, nausea, severe headache, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
In some cases symptoms can take up to 90 days to become evident.
The disease is usually managed by antibiotics, however people who have develop these symptoms or have eaten the product should immediately take medical care.