Michigan cheesemaker recalls brie and camembert due to listeria outbreak

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FILE - The affected products include cheeses sold by Meijer, Whole Foods, Lidl, Sprouts and other grocery stores.

FILE - The affected products include cheeses sold by Meijer, Whole Foods, Lidl, Sprouts and other grocery stores.

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To protect its consumers' health, Michigan-based cheesemaker Old Europe Cheese Inc. is recalling its brie and camembert cheeses as they could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the company said.

The Benton Harbor company issued the recall on Friday in an announcement posted by the United States Food and Drug Administration, which launched an investigation into the outbreak with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of this writing, the outbreak has sickened six people, with five requiring hospitalization, in six states including Michigan, according to the CDC. Other cases were found in California, Georgia, Texas, New Jersey and Massachusetts. There have been no reported deaths. 

The cheeses are sold at large chains in the U.S. and 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 and Whole Foods, the company said in the announcement.

The recalled products were distributed from Aug. 1 to Sept. 28, and have best-by dates through Dec. 14, 2022.

These packages of brie and camembert cheese are among the 20 brands recalled.

These packages of brie and camembert cheese are among the 20 brands recalled.

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All consumers who have the recalled products are encouraged to discard the product immediately, and not to consume it, the company said in the announcement.

Then, clean your refrigerator, containers, surfaces and anything else that may have touched the product. If you experience any symptoms, call your doctor right away.

A full list of the recalled products is available on the FDA's website