Listeria Outbreak in Cheese: Whole Foods Recalls Crave Brothers Frère

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Listeria pictured above can cause serious illness. Photo by the CDC

Listeria pictured above can cause serious illness – so don’t eat the recalled cheese! Photo by the CDC

Whole Foods Market Inc., is recalling a brand a of cheese called Crave Brothers Les Freres due to people developing listeriosis after eating the cheese.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to date, five people have been hospitalized and one person has died.

Whole Foods stores in 30 states and Washington, D.C. sell this cheese, so watch out.

Cheese Recall Details

On July 3, 2013,  Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company voluntarily recalled their Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère with Truffles cheeses.

Crave Brother Farmstead Cheese Company in Waterloo, Wisconsin states on their website that the following cheese are being recalled:

  • Les Frères (LF225 2/2.5#) with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior, packaged in white plastic with a green and gold label.
  • Petit Frère (PF88 8/8 oz) with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior, packaged in small round wooden boxes.
  • Petit Frère with Truffles (PF88T 8/8 oz) with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior, packaged in small round wooden boxes.

These cheese aren’t just sold at Whole Foods, reports the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company, but through retail and foodservice outlets as well as by mail orders. If you have one of the recalled cheeses, you should not eat it – throw it away instead, as it can cause serious illness and even death.

What is Listeriosis?

Listeria monocytogenes, is the bacteria that is responsible for listeriosis, which mainly affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults who have compromised immune systems. People who have listeriosis often experience fever, muscle aches, and diarrhea. According to the CDC, almost everyone who has listeriosis has an ‘invasive’ case, which means that the infection has spread from the gastrointestinal tract to other parts of the body.

Listeriosis in pregnant women can result in stillbirths, miscarriages, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn. Others who have an invasive case, especially older adults and people with a weak immune system may experience headaches, stiff neck, convulsions, loss of balance, confusion, septicemia, and meningitis.

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