A serious recall has been issued for some Whole Foods stores over concerns that cheese products could have been contaminated. The Dorset cheese products affected by the recall may have been contaminated with listeria, a bacterium that can cause serious and even fatal infections.
What Is Being Recalled?
This recall covers Dorset cheese products sold in Whole Foods stores in the New England region. Affected states are New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The recall was issued voluntarily by Whole Foods over concerns that the products could have been contaminated with listeria.
Listeria monocytogenes is a serious strain of bacteria that can cause major infections and even death in people with lowered immune systems. Young people, those with compromised immune systems, and the elderly are all at risk if they are exposed to listeria. Even healthy adults could come down with an infection that is highly unpleasant.
Whole Foods Explains
In the recall announcement posted by Whole Foods, the company explained the situation in more detail. “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, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women,” the company informed customers affected by the recall.
The recall was issued in response to a similar recall by Consider Bardwell Farm, the product’s manufacturer. Affected products will be wrapped in plastic with a Whole Foods logo and PLU code 97776. All of the sell-by dates on these products will be 10/30/19, though this only applies to products sold in the northeast of the US and parts of Canada.
What If I Bought This?
Whole Foods has stated that they are unaware of any cases of illness in relation to this recall. Thankfully, it sounds like the manufacturer and Whole Foods might have caught the issue in time to keep anyone from getting hurt. If you live in New England or Canada and have recently purchased a potentially contaminated product, make sure you don’t consume any of it.
If you have purchased an affected product, return the item to a Whole Foods store with the receipt, and you can be issued a full refund.