Potentially deadly cheese recalled from area Whole Foods stores

The FDA announced a recall of Dorset cheese due to a possible listeria contamination.

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Whole Foods Market stores are voluntarily recalling Dorset cheese because of a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. –U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Whole Foods Market stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey are voluntarily recalling Dorset cheese because of a potential contamination of listeria monocytogenes, the company announced via the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems,” the announcement from Whole Foods said.

“Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women,” according to the recall.

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The action came in response to a recall by Consider Bardwell Farm, the cheese manufacturer. The affected product was cut and wrapped in plastic with a Whole Foods Market scale label, identifiable by PLU code 97776 with sell-by dates through 10/30/2019.

No illnesses have been reported to date, according to Whole Foods.

Customers who purchased this cheese at Whole Foods Market can bring a valid receipt into stores for a refund. Consumers with additional questions may call 1-844-936-8255 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday, or 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.