News | Listeriosis: recall of Graindorge brand Brie and Coulommiers cheeses

By La Provence (with AFP)

A recall of two types of raw-milk cheeses from a Graindorge cheese factory (Lactalis group) and marketed by major retailers was launched Tuesday, following the discovery of a cheese containing the bacteria responsible for listeriosis. , according to the government site Rappel Conso .

it involves “a few hundred cheeses”, told AFP Bruno Lefèvre, the director of the Fromagerie de Livarot that produced them and which belongs to Graindorge. These are Coulommiers and 1 kg Bries from the Normanville brand and the Graindorge brand.

These recalled cheeses may contain Listeria monocytogenes (causative agent of listeriosis).

A check turned out “a very low presence of Listeria monocytogenes on a single cheese”, Mr Lefèvre told AFP. And “in accordance with our quality procedures, we have decided to apply the precautionary principle and to recall the entire batch made from milk collected from 4 of our milk producers,” based in the Pays d’Auge, he explained.

Listeriosis, a foodborne infection, is rare – a few hundred cases a year in France – but once diagnosed, it can be fatal: about a quarter of patients die. The incubation period can be up to eight weeks.

Graindorge is a brand specialized in the purchase and processing of raw milk, the production of AOP and regional cheeses, owned by Lactalis since 2016.

The cheeses in question have been marketed throughout France since mid-March in the supermarkets of the brands Auchan, Leclerc, Casino, Carrefour, Intermarché, Cora, Système U, but also in Schiever (very present in the Northeast) and grocery stores “WE Anti-Gaspi”.

Any other coulommiers marketed by Franprix and with the same batch number is subject to a recall under the same conditions.

The government site recommends returning the products for a refund 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 especially alert to these symptoms, it specifies.

The recall procedure ends on April 19. The identification number of the recalled batches is 250222LI9 and the health mark or stamp is FR 14.371.001 CE, according to the website

This campaign comes in the wake of a Massive recall of Buitoni . brand frozen pizzas, following several serious cases of infection of children by the bacterium Escherichia coli and deaths, possibly related to the consumption of these products. An investigation into this matter is underway.

Two weeks before Easter, several dozen cases of salmonellosis have also been detected in Europe and suspicions are turning to Children’s chocolate products made in Belgium and recalled by the manufacturer Ferrero

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