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Listeria risk: several cheese products recalled

This Wednesday, May 4, several major brands recalled cheeses that had been put on the market across France between mid-April and early May, according to government site Rappel Conso. These are Les Hauts-de-France Pavé and diced Abbey cheese. The reason ? They may be infected with Listeria monocytogenes, which is responsible for listeriosis.

This bacteria is often found in raw products, such as poorly washed fruits and vegetables, undercooked meat, unpasteurized dairy products, raw milk cheeses, processed meats or even smoked and raw fish, reports the site of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.

If a product containing Listeria monocytogenes, more commonly known as Listeria, has been purchased, this food must be destroyed or returned to the point of sale.

Here are the details of the affected products:

According to the Rappel Conso site, the first product recalled is a 230 gram Pavé Les Hauts-de-France, marketed by Carrefour, Système U and Intermarché.

Sold between April 19 and May 4, this cheese carries this barcode: 3060921462490.

It therefore concerns three batches of this cheese preserved under foil. These are lot 5500855I (best before date between 08/05/2022 and 13/05/2022), lot 5A0675AI (date of best before date between 11/05/2022 and 16/05/2022), and lot 5903059I (date of minimum shelf life between 14-05-2022 and 16-05-2022).

The second product recalled is abbey cheese in cubes from the Petit Marché brand. It was sold between April 16 and 26 under the brands Auchan, Atac, Leclerc, Système U, Intermarché and Cora.

The product barcode is 3060921503759 and the affected lot is 54001545. The best before date is June 28, 2022.

Symptoms up to two months after ingestion

Listeria is a bacterium that can cause listeriosis. This rare disease, to which about 400 people are exposed every year, manifests itself in various ways: abdominal pain or headache, nausea, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, etc. These symptoms can appear between two days and two months after consuming the affected product.

At the pregnant woman, the consequences can be more serious, as listeriosis can affect the unborn child. So there is a risk of death in utero, miscarriage, premature birth or even neonatal infection.

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If you have consumed a Listeria contaminated product and you are causing any of the symptoms, it is imperative to see a health professional quickly so that he can take care of you. Usually, antibiotics can be enough to treat the disease.