Cheese recall after
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has ordered the recall of a range of soft cheeses after 18 cases of listeria infection were reported across the nation.
Acting Chief Health Officer for Victoria, Michael Ackland said there were 18 cases of listeria infection nationally and a link to batches of Jindi manufactured cheeses sold at delicatessens and supermarkets had been identified.
Dr Ackland said the company was recalling all its cheeses manufactured up to and including 6 January which had a range of best-before dates under a range of brand names.
He said officials from the Victorian Department of Health had visited the Jindi factory in Jindivick, Victoria, and were satisfied that appropriate food processing, hygiene and monitoring practices were being followed.
He said however consumers should not eat the recalled products and should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund while others who had purchased a cut portion of camembert or brie from a supermarket or deli and were unsure of the brand should also dispose of it.
“The infection will cause minor or no symptoms in the vast majority of healthy people who may contract it, but is particularly dangerous for some vulnerable groups,” Dr Ackland said.
“Listeria can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and death in elderly people and those with compromised immune systems.
“Early symptoms of listeria include fever, headache, tiredness, aches and pains.”
He said those who thought they or their family might have become ill from eating affected cheese should consult their doctor.
A list of recalled product is available from this PS News link.
Edition 345, 22 January 2013