This food infection is rare but once declared, it is particularly deadly: about a quarter of patients die.
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After Buitoni pizzas and Kinder chocolates, a new recall campaign in the food industry. Six cheeses marketed by major retailers were recalled on Tuesday, April 4, because they could contain the bacteria responsible for listeriosis, according to the government site Rappel Conso. A Brie, three Coulommiers and two Normanvilles are concerned, some of which are produced in the Fromagerie de Livarot, which belongs to Graindorge. The identification number of the recalled batches is 250222LI9 and the health mark or stamp is FR 14.371.001 CE, according to the rappel.conso.gouv.fr website.
The cheeses concerned have been marketed throughout France since mid-March in the supermarkets of the Auchan, Leclerc, Casino, Carrefour, Intermarché, Cora, Système U brands, but also Schiever and the “NOUS Anti Gaspi” grocery stores. Another coulommiers marketed by Franprix and bearing the same batch number is subject to a recall under the same conditions.
The government site recommends returning the products for reimbursement or destroying them. People who have consumed the products and have a fever, isolated or accompanied by headaches, and body aches are invited to consult their doctor. Pregnant women, immunocompromised people and the elderly should be particularly attentive to these symptoms, it is specified.
Listeriosis is a rare foodborne infection – a few hundred cases per year in France – but once declared, it is particularly deadly: around a quarter of patients die. The incubation period can be up to eight weeks.