FDA Investigating Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese Products


The federal agency said it was looking at a multistate outbreak of the infection connected to Brie and Camembert soft cheese products manufactured by Old Europe Cheese.


The FDA has announced in recent days that it was investigating listeria infections across multiple states and were linked to Brie and Camembert soft cheese. The cheese manufacturer, Old Europe Cheese, has voluntarily recalled multiple brands of its Brie and Camembert cheeses produced at their Michigan facility in response to the investigation's findings thus far.

As of September 30, the outbreak has resulted in six people getting sick and five patients being hospitalized. Four people said they had eaten the cheeses prior to becoming ill according to epidemiology information provided by the CDC. Six states have been affected including CA, GA, MA, MI, NJ, TX.

“Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell, or serve recalled products listed below and should throw them away; this includes Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022, and all flavors and quantities. A more detailed list of products is available on the firm’s recall,” the FDA said on its site.

Affected Products

According to the FDA, the following products are affected:

  • Reny Picot
  • Black Bear
  • Block & Barrel
  • Charmant
  • Cobblestone
  • Culinary Tour
  • Fredericks
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Glenview Farms
  • Good & Gather
  • Heinen’s
  • Joan of Arc
  • La Bonne Vie
  • Lidl Preferred Selection
  • Life in Provence
  • Matrie’d
  • Market 32
  • Metropolitan
  • Prestige
  • Primo Taglio
  • Red Apple Cheese
  • St. Randeaux
  • Taste of Inspiration
  • St. Rocco
  • Trader Joe

“The products were distributed from August 01, 2022 through September 28, 2022, and were available at supermarkets, wholesale and retail stores nationwide and in Mexico,” the FDA said on its site.

Affected retailers include:

  • Albertsons
  • Safeway
  • Meijer
  • Harding’s
  • Shaw’s
  • Price Chopper
  • Market Basket
  • Raley’s
  • Save Mart
  • Giant Foods
  • Stop & Shop
  • Fresh Thyme
  • Lidl
  • Sprouts
  • Athenian Foods
  • Whole Foods

The FDA also notes the aforementioned list may not include all retail establishments that have received the recalled product or may include retail establishments that did not actually receive the recalled product.

For consumers who are unsure of which cheeses are in question, the recommendation is to throw out the product.

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