Wholefoods recalls tainted cheese


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NEW YORK – Whole Foods Market Inc. has recalled Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese after an outbreak of bacterial infections, sickening people in several states and killing at least one person.

On Friday Whole Foods said the cheese may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It was sold in 30 states under Les Freres and Crave Brothers Les Freres. The cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market labels.

The company is posting signs in its stores to inform customers about the recall.

Officials have confirmed that cases have been identified in at least three states. Illinois Public health officials said one resident became sick after eating contaminated cheese in May. Minnesota officials said Thursday that one elderly person in the state died and another was hospitalized in June, after becoming ill due to the cheese.

Freres Cheese

Les Freres Cheese

Listeria can lead to severe illness for women who are pregnant or people who have weakened immune systems. In healthy individuals, it can cause symptoms including high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Crave Brothers is based in Waterloo, Wis. The company announced a voluntary recall of Les Freres, Petit Frere, and Petit Frere with Truffles cheese made on July 1 or earlier. It said the cheeses were distributed around the country through retail and food service outlets and mail order.

Whole Foods said customers should throw the cheese away and bring in their receipts for a full refund.

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