Whole Foods Cheese Recall: Crave Brothers Les Freres Cheese Linked to Listeria Outbreak

Crave Brothers Les Freres Cheese

The CDC is reporting a multi-state outbreak of Listeriosis linked to cheese produced by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company of Waterloo, Wisconsin that is sold at Whole Foods Markets and distributed nationwide through other retail and foodservice outlets as well as by mail orders.

Whole Foods says the cheese may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes, is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, reports the FDA. 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.

The cheese was sold in 30 states and Washington DC under names including Les Freres and Crave Brothers Les Freres.

A total of five persons infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from four states. The number of ill people identified in each state is as follows: Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Minnesota (2), and Ohio (1). All five ill persons were hospitalized. One death was reported in Minnesota. One illness in a pregnant woman resulted in a miscarriage.

The recalled Crave Brothers Les Frères cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. Below is a list of how the cheese was labeled, including PLU code, according to the state in which it was sold.

State Labeled as PLU
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas Les Frères 299682
Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah Crave Brothers Les Frères 299682
Florida Les Frères Wash Rind Product of USA 294473
Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey (stores in Marlton and Princeton only), Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C. Crave Bros Les Frères 294473
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin Crave Brothers Les Frères Cheese by Pound 294473
Oregon, Washington Les Frères Crave Brothers 294473
Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee Les Frères Crave Brothers PO-RK 294473

Signs are posted in Whole Foods Market stores notifying customers of the cheese recall. If you have purchased this product, discard it immediately or bring in your receipt for a full refund.

Questions about the recall, call 512-477-5566 ext. 20060, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm CDT.

Consumers with questions about Crave Brothers cheese may contact the company directly: Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company at 920-478-4887, Monday-Friday from 8 am to 5 pm CDT.

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