Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Crave Brothers Les Frères Cheese Recall

Whole Foods Markets Recalls Crave Brothers Les Frères Cheese Due To Possible Health Risk

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) today announced a statewide voluntary recall of Crave Brothers Les Frères Cheese. The cheese is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. The cheese was sold in Utah Whole Foods Markets.

UDAF food safety inspectors have contacted affected stores in Utah that received the product as a recall effectiveness check and report the retail outlets have responded to the recall and have removed product from their shelves. Consumers who purchased any of the product are advised to discard the product, or return it to the store.

Utah stores involved in the recall are Whole Foods Markets in Salt Lake City at Trolley Square and in Cottonwood Heights locations.

“While we feel confident the product is now off store shelves, we want consumers to check their refrigerators for the product and throw it out,” said Regulatory Services Director, Richard Clark.

The recalled Crave Brothers Les Frères cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. The product sold in Utah contained the PLU code number: 299682

An expanded produce description and images of packaging is available at: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm359697.htm

Whole Foods Market announces that it is recalling Crave Brothers Les Frères cheese from its Utah stores in response to a recall by the Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company of Waterloo, Wisconsin. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, one illness and one death nationwide have been reported. Crave Brothers was informed by regulatory agencies of an ongoing investigation related to potential health risks associated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company immediately ceased the production and distribution of the products.