Whole Foods Recalling Deadly Cheese

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Whole Foods Market Inc., is recalling cheese that has sickened multiple people in several states, and at least one person has died.

Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese, which is marketed as Les Freres and Crave Brothers Les Freres, produces the product. The cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. The company is posting signs in its stores to inform customers about the recall.  Whole Foods says the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. It has been marketed in 30 states.

The cases have been found in three states.  One person became sick in Illinois after consuming the cheese in May.  In Minnesota, one elderly person died after eating the cheese, and one became very ill.  Both cases happened in June.

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, Wisconsin, and has ordered a recall of all of its products, Les Freres, Petit Frere, and Petit Frere with Truffles cheese made on July 1 or earlier.  Because they sell mail order as well, they are advising consumers to discard the product.  Whole Foods has issued the same advisory.

Alfred James reporting

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