Listeriosis risk from contaminated cheese from France
The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety is currently warning of dangerous listeria bacteria that could be contained in the French cheese "Itche Bai". As part of the manufacturer's own controls, the harmful bacterium Listeria monocytogenes was found, which can trigger the disease listeriosis. For certain risk groups, listeria can cause serious, sometimes even fatal, disease courses.
As reported by the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the crusher protection portal "lebensmittelwarung.de", the product concerned is the cheese "Capitoul Itche Bai Mix sheep / goat 4.5 kilograms" by the French manufacturer "Les Fromageries Occitanes". For reasons of precautionary consumer protection, the manufacturer calls back the batch concerned, since contamination with the dangerous germ cannot be excluded.
Which products are affected?
According to the manufacturer, only the product "Capitoul Itche Bai Mix sheep / goat 4.5 kilograms" with the batch numbers 2018115126 and 2018116127 and the best-before date of 25 and 26 July 2018 is affected. Furthermore, the cheese concerned can be recognized by the identity code FR 31.582.001 CE. The product was sold in Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Schleswig-Holstein. Among other things, you could order it from the Edeka delivery service “Bringmeister.de”. Due to the weight, it is likely that this product was also sold as a cold cuts over cheese counters.
As the manufacturer reports, the germs were only present in small concentrations in the samples, which were still within the scope of legal requirements. No illnesses are to be expected in healthy people. Nevertheless, the manufacturer does not recommend consumption because the bacteria can trigger dangerous listeriosis in certain risk groups. The goods can be returned in the shop where they were purchased.
Which risk groups are particularly affected?
Infants, toddlers, immunocompromised or older people, newly operated people, people suffering from diabetes, cancer patients and AIDS sufferers are particularly at risk from listeriosis. In rare cases, the bacteria can cause meningitis or blood poisoning (sepsis). In addition to the groups mentioned above, pregnant women should also be particularly careful, since infection in the unborn child can cause serious illnesses, which in extreme cases can be fatal.
How do you recognize a listeriosis?
Listeriosis has a long incubation period of up to 70 days, which makes it difficult to draw conclusions about the product consumed. People who have eaten the cheese and who show signs of listeriosis in the next two months should urgently see a doctor. Typical symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting,
- Stomach pain,
- Body aches,
- A headache.
The common bacterium Listeria monocytogenes is not a major danger for most people. In some cases, however, the bacteria can trigger infectious diseases, which can sometimes be fatal. There was only recently a Europe-wide listeria scandal in frozen vegetables that claimed at least nine lives. (vb)