On October 7, Whole Foods Market announced a recall of their Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese products that came from its supplier. The cheese may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that is capable of causing serious and fatal infections to children, elderly individuals, and others with weakened immune systems. It may also cause miscarriages and stillbirths to pregnant women. Even healthy individuals may suffer from short-term symptoms.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the recalled cheese product was packaged in clear plastic wrap with Whole Foods’ scale labels that read PLU 029536. A sampling on the product was done by the FDA, revealing the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in an entire uncut wheel of the cheese.
No illnesses have been reported in relation to the contamination so far, and notices are posted on stores to alert the customers of the recall. Consumers of the product may bring their receipt to any Whole Foods in order to obtain a full refund.
Companies and manufacturers should not wait for severe illnesses to happen before they fully inspect their products. If you have suffered due to contaminated products, speak with our Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® defective food product lawyers to learn about your legal options. Call our Wisconsin offices today at (414) 271-0900.