Numerous types of cheese from Hofkäserei Belrieth GmbH are currently being recalled nationwide. Apparently, pathogenic bacteria of the Listeria monocytogenes type were detected in the affected products. The manufacturer therefore strongly advises against eating the contaminated cheese.
Hofkäserei Belrieth GmbH is launching a recall for several types of cheese due to contamination with harmful bacteria. The following products with the corresponding best-before dates are affected:
- Organic marigold cheese (approx. 1.2 kilograms) with the best before dates 02.09., 05.09. and 06.09.2023
- Organic soft cheese with noble mold and meadow flowers (about 300 grams) with the best before dates 07.09. and 09/14/2023
- Organic soft cheese with noble mold and meadow flowers (about 350 grams) with the best before date September 7th, 2023
- Organic village cheese meadow flowers (about 350 grams) with the best before dates 10.09. and 09/11/2023
- Organic village cheese meadow flowers (about 800 grams) with the best before date September 10th, 2023
- Organic village cheese meadow flowers (about 1.5 kilograms) with the best before date September 2nd, 2023
- Meadow flower brie (about 800 grams) with the best before date September 7th, 2023
- Belriether Blumenbrie (about 1.5 kilograms) with the best before date September 5th, 2023
- Village cheese colorful pepper (about 1.2 kilograms) with the best before date September 2nd, 2023
- Belriether Dorfkäse pepper (about 300 grams) with the best before date September 11th, 2023
- Organic village cheese pistachios (about 300 grams) with the best before dates 07.09. and 09/10/2023
- Organic village cheese black cumin (about 300 grams) with the best before date September 10th, 2023
Affected cheese was traded nationwide
“Contamination with Listeria monocytogenes cannot be ruled out for the affected product,” confirms the manufacturer in consumer information about the recall. According to the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the contaminated cheese was traded across Central Europe through various shopping centers.
Don’t eat cheese!
Since listeriae cause infections that can be particularly dangerous for some groups of people, customers who have already bought the cheese mentioned above should pay attention to the recall and hand in the affected products at the respective point of sale. The purchase price will be refunded there.
What are the risks of Listeria monocytogenes?
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illnesses and sometimes serious illnesses, especially in vulnerable groups. A typical infection with Listeria is manifested by symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, nausea and diarrhea.
In otherwise healthy people, the symptoms are usually mild. Vulnerable groups of people, including newborn babies, older adults and people with a weakened immune system, are at increased risk of serious complications such as meningitis (inflammation of the brain), sepsis (blood poisoning) and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).
In addition, Listeria can trigger pregnancy complications, where the bacteria infect the unborn child. This can lead to miscarriage, premature birth, low birth weight and life-threatening infections in the newborn. If an infection with Listeria is suspected, a doctor should be consulted immediately. (vb)