Whole Foods is issuing a nationwide recall of a brand of Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese due to the potential for listeria contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels.
The Papillon Organic Roquefort cheese can be identified by the scale label that begins with PLU 029536. All sell by dates are affected.
The grocer initiated the recall after routine sampling by the FDA found listeria monocytogenes in a whole, uncut wheel of cheese.
According to the FDA Listeria 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 infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.
Consumers who have purchased the cheese can bring their receipt to the store for a full refund. Those who have questions can call their local store or call 512-477-5566, ext. 20060, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT.