E. coli bacteria: recall of goat’s milk cheeses

E. coli bacteria: recall of goat's milk cheeses

Following the identification of Escherichia coli bacteria that could be pathogenic, certain goat cheeses from the EARL LOUET brand have been recalled since yesterday.

The goat cheeses in question were marketed between November 18 and 29, 2023 and are currently recalled throughout Europe.

Goat milk cheeses: product details

The cheeses affected by this recall include the following information:

  • Category : Food
  • Sub-category : Milk and dairy products
  • Marque : EARL LOUET
  • Models or references: Valençay, Ste Maure, Round, Crottin, White Pyramid, White cheese, Touré, heart, Petit Valençay
  • Lots : 16/11, 17/11, 18/11, 19/11, 20/11, 21/11, 22/11, 23/11, 24/11
  • Minimum durability date: 14/01/2024
  • Faisselles Lot: 16/11 17/11 18/11 19/11 20/11 21/11 22/ 11 23/11 24/11 25/11 26/11
  • Minimum durability date: 06/12/2023
  • Packaging: Wooden crate packaging
  • Start/end date of marketing: from 11/18/2023 to 11/29/2023
  • Storage temperature: Product to keep in the refrigerator
  • Geographical sales area: Whole Europe
  • Distributors: GIE=Mont Royal 31210 MONTREJEAU, SARL Minaclo 31000 Toulouse, SPLO 35590 LHERMITAGE Pellevoisin Market 36180, Buzançais Market 36500, Palluau Market 36500, Earl Louet Farm 2 Allée du Chêne Vert 36180 Pellevoisin.

What are the risks after consuming these cheeses?

If the products were recalled, it is because analyzes detected the presence of the bacteria Escherichia coli. If you have eaten one of these goat cheeses contaminated with E. coli, the symptoms which could occur in the following week are: diarrhea sometimes bloody, abdominal pain and vomiting, accompanied or not by fever. These signs can also be followed by severe kidney complications, mainly in children.

If any of these symptoms appear, it is important to consult your doctor immediately, informing him of the place and date of purchase of the cheese consumed. Conversely, if there are no symptoms within 10 days after consuming these cheeses, there is no need to worry and consult a doctor.

According to health authorities, raw milk and cheeses made from raw milk should, as a precaution, not be consumed by young children and particularly those under 5 years old. For this type of consumer, it is preferable to opt for cooked pressed cheeses (such as Emmental, Comté, etc.), processed spreadable cheeses or even pasteurized milk cheeses. These recommendations should also be followed by pregnant women, immunocompromised people and the elderly.

As a health recommendation, the brand recommends destroying the products. It is also possible to return them to the point of sale for an exchange. The end of the recall procedure is set for February 6, 2024.