Whole Foods Market has issued a voluntary recall for two types of Cahill cheddar cheeses sold in its specialty department because of potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes.
According to news reports, the grocery chain recalled Cahill Cheddar Porter and Whiskey Cheddar cheeses from 44 stores in 22 states.
There is a danger that the recalled cheeses are contaminated with a type of bacteria that could cause serious illness for anyone eating it.
Information About Recalled Cheeses
The recalled products were sold in clear wrapping with a Whole Foods Market label on them. The cheeses have printed “packed on” dates ranging from May 17 to July 26. So far, no illnesses have been reported. Cahill’s Farm Cheese, which manufactures the products, said it identified a piece of equipment in its facility as the potential source of the issue and removed it from the production line. All other products manufactured since then have been cleared.
The manufacturer issued its own recall of other cheeses it produced and sold under the Cahill’s brand including Irish whiskey, Irish porter, wine, cream liqueur, vodka, and blueberry. Those cheeses were produced from April 19 through May 21. Customers who bought the cheeses in question at a Whole Foods store can hand in a receipt for a full refund. If you have any further questions, call 844-936-8255.
Listeriosis is an infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Infections caused by listeria lead to about 260 deaths and 1,600 infections in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Individuals 65 and older are four times as likely than others to get a listeria infection. Eating food contaminated with it transmits the bacterium.
Some of the most common symptoms of listeriosis include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, fever, muscle aches, and convulsions. A listeria infection during pregnancy could result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or other complications. Symptoms usually occur one to four weeks after eating the tainted food. Listeriosis is diagnosed with a lab test and treated with antibiotics.
If you have developed a listeria infection as the result of a food product contaminated by the bacteria, make sure you get prompt medical attention, treatment, and care for your illness as soon as possible, and follow the doctor’s orders for treatment and care.
Report your illness to your local health care agency, which tends to track trends in food-borne illnesses. Contact an experienced food poisoning lawyer who can help you secure compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.