The government site Rappel Conso has just recalled two cheeses which show traces of contamination at the Listeria monocytogenesresponsible for listeriosis.
The pace of food product recalls seems to be picking up again. After the risks of contamination with E.coli bacteria in certain pizza ranges Buitoni or salmonella in Kinderit is now up to listeria to be talked about again , with the contamination of two cheese products.
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The government site Rappel Conso therefore reported, between Wednesday May 4 and Thursday May 5, two cheeses which would show signs of contamination at the Listeria monocytogenes, the pathogen responsible for listeriosis. These two products are therefore the “Pavé Hauts-de-France 230 g”, marketed between April 19 and May 4, and the “Abbaye cheese in cubes” of the brand “small market“, marketed from April 16 to May 4 in the Carrefour, Auchan, Atac, Leclerc, Système U, Intermarché and Cora brands. The site, managed by the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF), therefore calls on consumers to “no longer consume, no longer use, return to the point of sale or destroy the product“.
Between 300 and 400 cases per year
According to the Ministry of Health, the bacterium of Listeria monocytogenes is found everywhere in the environment, but human contamination only occurs through certain foods, such as dairy products, cold cuts or seafood. However, it contaminates, more specifically, those who have been badly washed or undercooked. In the specific case of cheeses, it is when they have not been pasteurized well enough.
Although the number of people contracting this disease is quite rare [les autorités sanitaires françaises en comptent entre 300 et 400 par an], listeriosis can cause fever, headaches, digestive disorders, and even – in the most serious cases – neurological complications that can then be life-threatening for the infected person. Moreover, for pregnant women, listeriosis can have major consequences for the unborn child, with the risk of premature delivery orsepticaemic forms with infant respiratory distress“.
The incubation period lasts, on average, between 10 and 28 days. In case of doubt or real contamination, it is imperative to go see your doctor. Early administration of antibiotics is effective in treating the disease.
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