Possible Listeria Contamination in L'Explorateur Soft Ripened Cheese: FDA

Consumers should not eat and retailers should not sell or serve l'Explorateur soft ripened cheese due to possible listeria contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

The product is made in France and sold throughout the United States in small circular wheels in 250-gram quantities. The sell by dates include May 7, 2019, and May 14, 2019. The product lot codes are 7742-H 057 and 77432-H 064.

Cheese with this label information should be thrown away immediately, the FDA said.

Listeria contamination can cause a serious illness called listeriosis. Symptoms include fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, and fever and chills.

Anyone who develops such symptoms after eating l'Explorateur soft ripened cheese should seek medical care, the FDA said.

Listeriosis can be fatal in certain high-risk people such as the elderly and those with weakened immune systems and certain medical conditions such as cancer. In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature labor, and serious illness or death in newborn babies.

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