Department of Health issues warning about cheese recall

The FDA shared a photo of Reny Picot Brie cheese.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Health announced Monday that Old Europe Cheese Inc. is recalling certain cheeses that may be contaminated.

The company is recalling its Brie and Camembert cheeses because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Any such product with best-by-dates through Dec. 14 is being recalled.

Those cheeses were sold in stores from Aug. 1 through Sept. 28.

“If you have any of the recalled products, do not eat them. Throw them away or return them to the store where you purchased them. This recall has been linked to multiple illnesses nationwide,” RIDOH said in a statement.

Anyone who eats food contaminated with Listeria could contract listeriosis.

The Department of Health explained the severity of Listeriosis, saying, “Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.”

The infection could be fatal to older adults and those with weakened immune systems, Department of Health added.

Anyone looking for more information on the recall can find it on the FDA’s website.

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