Recall alert: Whole Foods recalls select cheeses sold at 44 stores nationwide for listeria risk

AUSTIN, Texas — Whole Foods Market issued a voluntary recall Tuesday for two varieties of Cahill cheese due to potential listeria contamination.

The Austin, Texas-based grocery chain recalled Cahill Cheddar Porter and Whiskey Cheddar Cheeses from 44 stores across 22 states, urging consumers who bought the products to dispose of them immediately.

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To date, no illnesses linked to the recall have been reported, and the issue was discovered when Whole Foods Market was notified by a distributor of a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that can cause listeriosis.

Per the recall, the affected products were packaged in clear wrapping and sold in the specialty department with a Whole Foods Market scale label with “packed on” dates from May 17 – July 26, 2021. Both varieties of affected cheddar were sold at Whole Foods Market stores in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeriosis can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly 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, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, the recall notice stated.

Customers who purchased the potentially contaminated items may receive a full refund with a valid receipt.

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