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Old Europe Cheese, Inc. Expands Voluntary Recall of Its Brie Cheeses Due to Possible Health Risk

Summary

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages

Cheese/Cheese Product

Foodborne Illness

Reason for Announcement:

Recall Reason Description

Listeria monocytogenes

Company Name:
Old Europe Cheese, Inc.
Brand Name:

Brand Name(s)

Product Description:

Product Description

Brie and Camembert Cheeses


Company Announcement

Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI is expanding its voluntary recall of Brie cheeses announced on September 30, 2022, because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, to include additional products, specifically baked brie cheeses. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems. 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.

RECALL DETAILS

The following baked brie products are being added to the 9/30/2022 Old Europe Cheese voluntary recall. These are products with best by dates through 12/14/2022 and are subject to the voluntary recall. The products were distributed from August 01, 2022 through September 28, 2022 and were available at supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores nationwide and Mexico.

The following products being recalled are marked with Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022.

Brand

Product Name

Packaging & size

UPC Code

CULINARY TOUR*8 oz Plain Baked BrieClamshell 8 oz011225005350
CULINARY TOUR*11 oz Cranberry Baked BrieClamshell 11 oz011225005367
LA BONNE VIE*8 oz Plain Baked BrieClamshell 8 oz820581678814
LA BONNE VIE*11 oz Cranberry Baked BrieClamshell 11 oz820581678821
LIDL* 8 oz Plain Baked BrieClamshell 8 oz4056489151203
LIDL*11 oz Cranberry Baked BrieClamshell 11 oz4056489151203
LIDL*11 oz Fig Baked BrieClamshell 11 oz4056489310907
PRIMO TAGLIO* 8 oz Plain Baked BrieClamshell 8 oz021130098460
Reny Picot*8 oz Plain Baked BrieClamshell 8 oz033421050088
Reny Picot*11 o zCranberry Baked BrieClamshell 11 oz033421051115
Reny Picot*11 oz Apple Baked BrieClamshell 11 oz033421500811
Reny Picot*11 oz Fig Baked BrieClamshell 11 oz033421053119

Consumers who have purchased the stated products are urged not to consume it and discard the product. FDA recommends in these cases that anyone who purchased or received any recalled products to use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

Old Europe Cheese has set up a telephone line to answer any questions about this recall, The number is 269-925-5003 ext 335 and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am-12:30pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm ET.

BACKGROUND

This action was triggered after a full environmental audit of 120 samples, both of products and of the company’s facilities. None of the products showed contamination, but one of the facility’s samples tested positive. The strain from that positive case has been linked to 6 cases of Listeriosis dating from 2017 to 2022. These cases were not previously linked to this company’s products, but Old Europe Cheese decided to issue this voluntary recall in order to avoid any risk to their customers

The Company has decided to voluntarily initiate the product recall based on these results and with a focus on their consumers’ health. The source of potential contamination has been identified and Old Europe Cheese is taking active measures to eliminate it. Production of these products has been stopped and will not restart until the Company has full confidence in the effectiveness of the applied measures.

The company is working closely with state and federal authorities and with its clients to make this voluntary recall as fast and efficient as possible. The quality and safety of our products is our number one priority. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by this situation. Old Europe Cheese’s top priority is the health of our customers.

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