The Allegheny County Health Department and Whole Foods Market announce that Jean Perrin Edel de Cleron cheese sold in the East Liberty Whole Foods Market store is being recalled because some samples tested positive for listeria. The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with a Whole Foods Market scale label, and a code beginning with 293351. The recalled cheese was sold between May 20 and July 3, 2012.
An illness linked to bacteria-contaminated cheese sold at Whole Foods Market in East Liberty led to recall of the product, which was announced on Thursday by the Allegheny County Health Department and Whole Foods.
A 69-year-old Westmoreland County man who bought cheese at the Centre Avenue store became ill on June 7, said Health Department spokesman Guillermo Cole. The man was hospitalized with listeriosis and has been released, Cole said.
“We did an investigation and traced it to cheese that was consumed from this market,” Cole said.
Samples of Jean Perrin L’Edel de Cleron cheese tested positive for Listeria, which can cause listeriosis, a serious infection marked by fever, muscle aches and diarrhea. The cheese, imported from France, was cut and repackaged in clear, plastic wrap at the East Liberty store with a Whole Foods Market scale label and a code beginning with 293351. The store sold the product between May 20 and July 3.
One illness has been reported. Listeriosis primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborns. A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Anyone who has consumed the recalled cheese and developed symptoms should contact a health care professional.