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Whole Foods Market is recalling cheese nationwide after concerns over food poisoning.
According to a Tech Times report, the cheese was found to contain listeria bacteria during routine sampling conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The cheese came from The Papillon Organix Roquefort and can be identified by its clear plastic wrapping and its scale label, which begins with PLU029536.
Whole Foods has placed warning signs on its shelves and has removed the suspect cheese from its stories. So far, no illnesses have been reported. This is not the first listeria advisory in recent times.
Just last month, a California dairy had to recall many of its soft cheese products over listeria concerns. This past summer, there were several listeria outbreaks concerning pet food, green beans and ice cream.
The Dangers of Listeria
The organism, known as Listeria monocytogenes, can even be life threatening. Children, the elderly, those with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are most at risk.
Pregnant women suffering from listeriosis may experience symptoms that may include aches, fever and fatigue. But, they may suffer a range of complications from premature births to miscarriages and stillbirth. Other symptoms of listeria infection include convulsions, fever, neck stiffness, body aches and loss of coordination.
Preventing Listeria Infection
It is best to avoid any cheese product suspected of contamination. Unpasteurized cheeses, in particular, are susceptible to harboring the bacteria. Wash raw produce thoroughly by rinsing and scrubbing. Even peeled products should be rinsed and scrubbed. The produce should then be dried and kept separate from uncooked meats and poultry to avoid cross contamination.
Listeria can multiply in refrigerators. So, it is best that you keep your fridge at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below and their freezer at zero and under. It is also important to clean up spills inside refrigerators right away to avoid these bacteria from colonizing and contaminating other foods.
If You Have Been Sickened
If you have suffered from food poisoning, you may be able to seek compensation for the responsible parties such as a food manufacturer, producer, distributor, retailer or eatery that served the contaminated food.
Food poisoning victims would be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will stay on top of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights and best interests are protected.