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Old Europe Cheese, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Its Brie and Camembert Cheeses Due to Possible Health Risk to include cheeses sold at Whole Foods

CamembertCompany Announcement

Old Europe Cheese, Inc. of Benton Harbor, MI is issuing a voluntary recall of its Brie and Camembert cheeses because of potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, 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

All Old Europe Cheese Brie and Camembert products with best by dates through 12/14/2022 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; 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. This 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.

The following products being recalled are marked with Best By Dates ranging from September 28, 2022 to December 14, 2022, Retailers may have repackaged bulk Old Europe Cheese items into smaller containers and sold this repackaged product to consumers. This repackaged product may not bear the original labeling and product information as described below:

Brand Product Name UPC Code

BLACK BEAR 6 lb Black Bear Wheel N/A
BLOCK AND BARREL 2.2 lb Block and Barrel Brie 078982603281
BLOCK AND BARREL 6.6 lb Block and Barrel Brie N/A
CHARMANT 2.2 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel - CHARMANT N/A
CHARMANT 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 033421023860
COBBLESTONE 2.2 lb Cobblestone Brie Wheel 822486179809
CULINARY TOUR 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 011225005145
CULINARY TOUR 8 oz Brie - double creme, wedges, saran wrapped N/A
FREDERICKS 8 oz Brie - dbl creme, wedges, saran wrapped N/A
FREDERICKS 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 708820301214
FRESH THYME 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 841330111994
FRESH THYME 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 841330111987
FRESH THYME 8 oz Brie - wedges, saran wrapped N/A
FRESH THYME 8 oz Camembert-Traditionnel rounds 841330111970
GLENVIEW FARMS 2.2 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel 758108121355
GLENVIEW FARMS 3.25 lb Brie-double creme, rectangular RW 758108670150
GOOD AND GATHER 8 oz Good and Gather Wheel 085239047620
HEINEN 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 020601418028
JOAN OF ARC 14 oz Joan of Arc Brie Wheel 711565129111
JOAN OF ARC 2.2 lb Joan of Arc Herb and Garlic Wheel N/A
JOAN OF ARC 2.2 lb Joan of Arc Peppercorn Wheel N/A
JOAN OF ARC 6.5 lb Joan of Arc Triple Creme Wheel N/A
JOAN OF ARC 8 oz Joan of Arc Camembert Wheel 711565112243
JOAN OF ARC 8 oz Joan of Arc Double Cream Wedge 711565204993
JOAN OF ARC 8 oz Joan of Arc Double Creme Wheel 711565112236
JOAN OF ARC 8 oz Joan of Arc Slicing Brie 711565200520
JOAN OF ARC 8 oz Joan of Arc Triple Creme Wheel 711565129104
LA BONNE VIE 14 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 820581678678
LA BONNE VIE 2.2 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel 820581678685
LA BONNE VIE 6.5 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel RW 820581678692
LA BONNE VIE 7 oz Brie - dbl creme w/Herbs, wedges, foil wrapped 820581678661
LA BONNE VIE 7 oz Brie - double creme, wedges, foil wrapped 820581678654
LA BONNE VIE 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 820581678531
LA BONNE VIE 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 820581678746
LA BONNE VIE 8 oz Camembert - double creme, rounds 820581678616
LIDL 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 4056489151739
LIFE IN PROVENCE 8 oz Brie - rounds 787984111952
MARKET 32 14 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 41735052865
MARKET 32 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 41735052834
MARKET 32 8 oz Brie - double creme, wedges, saran wrapped 41735052872
MARKET 32 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 41735052858
MARKET 32 8 oz Brie-dbl creme w/Herbs, wedges, saran wrapped 41735052889
MARKET 32 8 oz Camembert - Traditionnel double creme, rounds 41735052841
MATRIE 'D 2.2 lb Matrie'd Wheel 780487488422
METROPOLITAN 6.5 lb Metropolitan Wheel N/A
METROPOLITAN 8 oz Metropolitan Wheel 711565007679
PRESTIGE 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 021140033635
PRIMO TAGLIO 6.5 lb Brie - w/Herbs, whole wheel N/A
PRIMO TAGLIO 8 oz - w/Herbs, wedges 21004900002
PRIMO TAGLIO 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 021130045679
PRIMO TAGLIO 8 oz Brie - slicing rectangle 021130098453
PRIMO TAGLIO 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds - ST ROCCO 133421027865
RED APPLE 7 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 604262030005
RED APPLE 8 oz Brie - double creme, wedges, saran wrapped 604262030036
Reny Picot 1 lb Brie - double creme, slicing rectangle 033421024201
Reny Picot 14 oz Brie - double creme w/Herbs, rounds 033421022764
Reny Picot 14 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 033421022757
Reny Picot 14 oz Camembert - double creme, rounds 033421022795
Reny Picot 2.2 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel N/A
Reny Picot 2.2 lb Brie - triple creme, whole wheel N/A
Reny Picot 3.25 lb Brie - double creme, rectangular N/A
Reny Picot 6.5 lb Brie - double creme w/Herbs, whole wheel N/A
Reny Picot 6.5 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel RW - RENY PICOT N/A
Reny Picot 6.5 lb Brie - triple creme, whole wheel N/A
Reny Picot 6.5 lb Brie-dbl creme w/Peppercorn, whole wheel N/A
Reny Picot 6.5 lb Camembert - double creme, whole wheel N/A
Reny Picot 7 oz Brie - double creme w/Herbs, wedges, foil wrapped 033421022429
Reny Picot 7 oz Brie - double creme, rounds no cups N/A
Reny Picot 7 oz Brie - double creme, wedges, foil wrapped 033421022417
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - dbl creme w/Peppercorn, wedges, saran wrapped N/A
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - dbl creme, wedges, saran wrap RW N/A
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - double creme w/Herbs, wedges, saran wrapped N/A
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 033421022863
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - double creme, slicing rectangle 033421024300
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - double creme, wedges, saran wrapped N/A
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds - ST ROCCO 133421027865
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - trpl creme, wedges, saran wrap RW - ST ROCCO N/A
Reny Picot 8 oz Brie - wedges, saran wrapped 033421022313
Reny Picot 8 oz Camembert - double creme, rounds 033421022900
Reny Picot 8 oz Camembert - Traditionnel double creme, rounds 033421024904
ST RANDEAUX 14 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 636625003401
ST RANDEAUX 2.2 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel N/A
ST RANDEAUX 6.5 lb Brie - double creme, whole wheel RW N/A
ST RANDEAUX 8 oz Brie - dbl creme w/Herbs, wedges, saran wrpd RW N/A
ST RANDEAUX 8 oz Brie - dbl creme w/Pepper, wedges, saran wrpd RW N/A
ST RANDEAUX 8 oz Brie - double creme, rounds 636625003418
ST RANDEAUX 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 636625003548
ST RANDEAUX 8 oz Camembert - Traditionnel, rounds 636625003425
TASTE OF INSPIRATION 8 oz Brie - rounds 725439802550
TASTE OF INSPIRATION 8 oz Brie - triple creme, rounds 725439999731
TASTE OF INSPIRATION 8 oz Brie - w/Herb center layer, rounds 725439802567
TASTE OF INSPIRATION 8 oz Brie - wedges, saran wrapped N/A
TRADER JOE 8 oz Trader Joe Slicing 00505086

Consumers who have purchased the stated Brie and Camembert 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 the product and of the company's facilities. None of the products showed contamination, but one of the facilities' 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 do 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 effectivity 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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