Whole Foods Market Recalls Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves in Two Stores Due to Possible Health Risk

Whole Foods Market Recalls Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves in Two Stores Due to Possible Health Risk

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Whole Foods Market Recalls Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves in Two Stores Due to Possible Health Risk

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2016
Contact
Consumers
Whole Foods Market
512-477-5566 ext. 20060
Media
Liz Burkhart
[email protected]

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Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas is recalling Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves sold in one Florida and one New York, NY store, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism, which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.
No illnesses have been reported to date.
The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels beginning with PLU code 294239 and “sell by” dates of 3/3/16 through 3/8/16 in the Bowery, NYC store. In Coral Gables*, FL the recalled cheese was sold with scale labels beginning with PLU code 290107 and “sell by” dates of 2/29/16 through 3/8/16. The recalled cheese was pulled from store shelves and destroyed on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.
A sampling of the products tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes during a routine inspection conducted by the supplier.
Consumers who have purchased this product from Whole Foods Market should discard it and bring their receipt to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact their local store or call 512-477-5566 ext. 20060 between the hours of 9am and 5pm CST, Monday through Friday. For media inquiries, contact [email protected]
*Previously misreported as the West Palm Beach location.
* We believe that none of the products being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.

* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.

* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.

* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm486410.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at [email protected] or 312.629.7263.