Whole Foods Market Recalls Cheese Over Possible Listeria Contamination

By Frank Heinz
|  Thursday, Aug 1, 2013  |  Updated 2:26 PM CDT
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Cheese Recalled Over Possible Listeria Contamination

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Whole Foods Market is recalling a brand of cheese due to a possible risk of listeria contamination.

The Austin-based company is recalling Trois Comtois Morbier cheese in locations throughout the United States due to a recall by Trois Comtois in Poligny, France.

The cheese has the potential to be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, "an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,"the Food and Drug Administration said. "Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women."

The cheese comes in wheels that weigh approximately 11 lbs each, but are cut and wrapped in varying weights and are labeled with a Whole Foods Market scale label.

In Texas, the cheese was labeled as Morbier Raw Milk.

In other Whole Foods locations, the cheese was packaged under the following names:

Ohio, Virginia and Washington D.C.: Morbier AOC Le Trois
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin: Morbier Raw Milk French Cheese
Oklahoma, Louisiana, Hawaii, Arizona and southern California: Morbier Raw Milk
Northern California and the Reno Nevada store: Morbier Les Trois Comtois

To date, no illnesses have been reported to Whole Foods in connection with the cheese.

Whole Foods is not the only U.S. purchaser of the cheese and it may also be found in other grocery stores or restaurants.

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