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Killer Cheese Recalled from Whole Foods Following One Death

Jul 06, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
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Soft Brie-style cheese by Crave Brothers linked to deaths recalled.

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Whole Foods Market Inc. is recalling Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese following concerns that may be contaminated with Listeria which can kill children and elderly, having already killed at least one.

The cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause fatal infections in children. 

It can also lead to severe illness for women who are pregnant or people who have weakened immune systems.

Whole Foods Market Inc. is one of those supermarkets recalling the cheese, which has sickened people in several states, according to the Huffington Post.

Public health officials in Illinois say one resident became sick after eating contaminated cheese in May, according to the Associated Press. Minnesota officials say one elderly person in the state died and another was hospitalized after illnesses linked to the cheese.

Meanwhile, one pregnant woman is believed to have suffered a miscarriage as a result of contracting the disease.

Crave Brothers, the target of the investigation, has voluntarily recalled the following cheese products:

-- Les Freres, LF225 2/2.5#, with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior, packaged in white plastic with a green and gold label.

-- Petit Frere, PF88 8/8 oz., with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior, packaged in small round wooden boxes.

-- Petit Frere with Truffles, PF88T 8/8 oz., with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior, packaged in small round wooden boxes.

These products were distributed nationwide through retail and food service outlets as well as by mail order, said officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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