Boston, Mass. (WGGB)- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is issuing a warning to consumers to avoid consumption of certain Fromagerie Marie Kade cheese and milk products because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
The recalled products distributed in Massachusetts have the brand name Fromagerie Marie Kade and all cheese products involved in this recall have the establishment number 1874.
Fromagerie Marie Kade Inc. is a dairy plant in Boisbriand, Quebec. Back on November 24th the Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a health alert notifying residents of Canada of a voluntary recall initiated by the company. This large recall followed two previous alerts, fairly extensive product testing and a clinical match to a case of listeriosis.
The US Food and Drug Administration reports that the product was distributed to Cedar Market located in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Cedar Market is a retail establishment, which also sold the products to Bahnans located in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The presence of Listeria monocytogenes in foods such as cheese and milk products represents a significant danger to public health. It’s an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Also, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and still births among pregnant women.
To date, no illnesses have been reported in Massachusetts. DPH has worked with the US FDA and local officials to embargo and destroy these products and to review inventory records for distribution.
The recalled products have not expired. The DPH is advising consumers who have purchased these items to discard them.
Any Best Before dates up to and including those listed below, are affected by the alert.
Akawi Cheese Best Before 08 MAR 2012
Baladi Cheese Best Before 08 FEB 2012.
Shinglish Cheese Best Before 07 NOV 2012
Tresse Cheese Best Before 10 NOV 2012
Vachekaval Cheese Best Before 10 MAR 2012
Halloom Best Before 01 MAY 2012
Moujadale Best Before 04 MAY 2012