Whole Foods Announces Widespread Cheese Recall

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Whole Foods Market has announced a recall of "les frères" cheese products due to an outbreak of the bacteria listeria. The recall has reached 30 states including Pennsylvania, with one incident occurring as locally as Ohio. Since June, the contaminated cheese has sickened four people, killed one, and caused a pregnant woman to miscarry.

Listeria causes listeriosis, a rare but serious disease that often leads to body-wide infection. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal issues. In pregnant women, listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths. While pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems account for 90 percent of all victims, anyone who ingests food contaminated with listeria is at risk for contracting listeriosis.

The company that produced the contaminated cheese, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese in Wisconsin, voluntarily issued the recall for all "les frères" cheeses made on or before July 1, 2013, including les frères cheese, the petit frères cheese, and the petit frères cheese with truffles. Whole Foods has instructed customers to throw out the cheese and bring in receipts for a full refund. The FDA and Wisconsin Department of Agriculture are still investigating the cause of the contamination.

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"Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Linked to Outbreak." ABC News. July 8, 2013.