Listeria in Cheese: Recall for Gorgonzola Cheese from Penny Market

Listeria in Cheese: Recall for Gorgonzola Cheese from Penny Market

Bacteria found in cheese from the Italian manufacturer IGOR s.r.l.
The Penny food discounter, which belongs to the Rewe Group, is now recalling two types of Gorgonzola cheese. The background is the detection of listeria in samples of the products of an Italian manufacturer, the company reports. These can lead to a health-threatening infection in people with a weakened immune system, such as pregnant women, the elderly or seriously ill people.

All best-before dates and batch numbers are affected
Penny Markt GmbH has started a recall for blue cheese. As the discounter reports, two product samples from the Italian manufacturer IGOR s.r.l. Listeria have been found. Accordingly, IGOR s.r.l. immediately reacted and the goods "for reasons of preventive consumer protection" from the trade.

The affected products are the two different types of Gorgonzola cheese “San Fabio Gorgonzola DOP Dolce 200g” and “San Fabio Gorgonzola DOP Piccante 200g”. The recall relates to all best before dates and batch numbers in Germany. The articles are identified by the EAN code (barcode) 23685390 (DOLCE) and 22138569 (PICCANTE).
Goods that have already been purchased can be returned to the markets, but the cheese should not be eaten. "Because of possible health risks, IGOR s.r.l. urgently from the consumption of the product “, so the announcement of the discounter.

Listeria are found everywhere in the environment
Listeria are bacteria that are in principle found everywhere in our environment and can be found in all raw foods. Meat, poultry, fish, seafood and raw milk products are particularly affected, but subsequent heating can also occur with heated products such as cooked sausage. The pathogens usually do not pose a risk to healthy people, so that an infection (listeriosis) is usually harmless and causes flu-like symptoms such as fever, body aches or diarrhea.

Danger to life for unborn children
However, people with weakened immune systems (such as diabetics, cancer patients, the elderly), toddlers and newborns can become seriously ill. In these cases, listeriosis can cause meningitis or blood poisoning (sepsis). "Pregnant women usually have no or only harmless flu symptoms, but the infection can pass to the fetus and lead to miscarriage, stillbirth or life-threatening newborn listeriosis," the health authorities report. (No)

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