If you're considering serving or eating cheese as a part of the holiday weekend, my condolences, but this new recall story may make you think twice. Soft, Brie-style cheese manufactured by Crave Brothers Farmstead Classics -- based in Wisconsin -- may have lead to at least one death from Listeriosis so far in Minnesota. The product has also infected four others in Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. One of the cases was a pregnant woman who miscarried due to the illness. So horrible.
Minnesota's Heath and Agriculture departments are investigating the incident. So far, they've found early testing results show the presence of Listeria in cheese samples. Ugh. That adds up, given that all the reports of illness indicate the same strain of Listeria as the culprit.
So frightening. From cantaloupe to diced onions in prepared foods and now cheese, it seems like Listeria contamination is becoming much more common. What's the deal? How many more illnesses -- and deaths -- do consumers have to endure before we have more preventative food safety measures, as opposed to this reactive system we currently seem to have to rely on?
In the meantime, Crave Brothers is being investigated by Wisconsin state officials and the FDA, and the following cheeses have been recalled:
- 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.
Minnesota health officials have warned consumers not to eat the products, and the Agriculture Department has asked grocery stores and distributors to remove them shelves and cease deliveries. That of course doesn't necessarily mean that there aren't some floating around. And even if you don't eat or buy this particular cheese, it's still all sorts of disconcerting.
Does this recall concern you?