Escherichia coli, listeria… Be careful not to eat these cheeses!

Escherichia coli, listeria… Be careful not to eat these cheeses!

With the holiday meals coming up, you may have purchased different cheeses to create a well-stocked platter for your guests. Be careful about certain cheeses that should not be included in your purchases because they are subject to a recall.

It’s a must-have on many holiday tables: the cheese platter. If you have purchased one recently, make sure it is not one of these references, which is subject to a recall.

Morbius contaminated with E.coli bacteria

On the Rappel Conso website, a sheet announces the recall of batches of cheeses manufactured by the “Monts et Terroirs” factory in Poligny in the Jura. Cheeses, including various morbiers, are contaminated by the bacteria Escherichia coli (E.coli). There are around twenty batches (morbier, tomme du Jura, raclette, etc.) which are affected by this recall.

What are the risks associated with E.coli?

The Rappel Conso website lists the risks associated with the consumption of this product. “Toxigenic Shiga Escherichia coli (STEC) can cause diarrhea, sometimes bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting, accompanied or not by fever, in the week following the consumption of contaminated products. These symptoms can be followed (5 to 8% of cases) by severe renal complications, mainly in children. People who have consumed the products mentioned above and who present this type of symptoms are invited to consult their doctor without delay, notifying him of this consumption as well as the place and date of purchase. If there are no symptoms within 10 days after consuming the products concerned, there is no need to worry and consult a doctor.”

If you have this cheese at home, it is therefore recommended to return it to the point of sale for a refund. The recall procedure runs until January 9, 2024.

Cheeses contaminated with Listeria

In addition to this recall, two other cheeses are also targeted by the Rappel Conso site. These are Saint Nectaire and RondChon, two cheeses contaminated by the listeria monocytogenes germ. Saint-Nectaire was sold throughout Europe, while RondChon was only marketed in the Côtes-d’Armor department.

What are the risks ?

People contaminated by the listeria monocytogenes germ risk contracting listeriosis, a serious pathology, the incubation period of which can be up to eight weeks. “People who have consumed the products mentioned above and who present with fever, isolated or accompanied by headaches, and body aches, are invited to consult their doctor and report this consumption. Serious forms with neurological complications and maternal or fetal damage in pregnant women can also sometimes occur. Pregnant women as well as immunocompromised people and the elderly should be particularly attentive to these symptoms..

If you have these products, you are strongly advised to destroy them or return them to the point of sale. The recall procedure ends on January 3.