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Whole Foods Market issues recall on organic cheese

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Whole Foods Market has issued a recall on an organic cheese because of its potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The grocery store chain said this week it decided to recall the Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese after the Food & Drug Administration found Listeria monocytogenes in a whole, uncut wheel of the cheese during a routine sampling.

The cheese, sold in Whole Foods Market stores nationwide, has been pulled from shelves. The product can be identified by the scale label beginning with PLU 029536 and all sell by dates are affected.

The Listeria monocytogenes organism can cause serious and fatal infections in young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems, officials said. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Anyone experiencing symptoms including high fever, stiffness and abdominal pain should seek medical care.

There have been no illnesses or infections reported to date, the company said.

Consumers who purchased the cheese from a Whole Foods Market store may bring in their receipt for a full refund.

Anyone with questions can call their local Whole Foods or (512) 477-5566 ext. 20060.