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Listeria: recall of twelve cheeses
Listeria were found in several samples from the “Pötzelsberger cheese dairy”. These bacteria can cause flu-like symptoms and diarrhea, among other things. The German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) warns against eating twelve sliced cheeses from the Austrian manufacturer.
Twelve sliced cheeses affected The German Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) warns against the consumption of twelve sliced cheeses. As various media report, contamination with listeria was found in samples from the Austrian manufacturer "Käserei Pötzelsberger". The company has to recall twelve cheeses because of the contamination with "Listeria monocytogenes". The following products, which according to the BVL are not suitable for consumption, are affected: farm cheese, farm cheese with pepper, skim cheese, skim cheese with pepper, alpine pearl, pumpkin pearl, village cheese, village cheese spicy, Magdalen cheese, hay flower cheese, herb witch cheese and mountain cheese.
"Products are not suitable for consumption" The BVL reports on the website www.lebensmittelwarnung.de that the following best before dates are affected: 17.2 - 12.3.2015 (farm cheese, farm cheese with pepper, village cheese spicy, Magdalen cheese, hay flower cheese, herb witch cheese), 24.2 - 19.3.2015 (skim cheese, skim cheese with pepper, alpine pearl, pumpkin pearl) and 27.2 - 22.3.2015 (mountain cheese). The website also states: “These products are not suitable for consumption and can be returned by consumers. The purchase price will of course also be refunded to customers without proof of purchase. The Pötzelsberger cheese dairy fulfills its own responsibility in accordance with the provisions of food law and has therefore initiated a product recall. This warning does not mean that the danger was caused by the Pötzelsberger cheese dairy. "
Cheese also sold to Germany As "Focus Online" writes, a spokesman for the "Käserei Pötzelsberger" would sell a few hundred kilograms of cheese to a wholesaler in Germany every month. "Exactly how exactly the Listeria contamination came about is not yet clear," said the spokesman. Listeria in food is regularly reported. In March, for example, a Baden-Württemberg producer recalled various types of soft cheese, especially soft cheeses. When the bacteria were found in the food, it was mostly cheese, sausage, meat or fish.
People from risk groups are at risk The bacteria can trigger the dangerous disease listeriosis. This infectious disease, which has had to be reported in Germany since 2001, primarily affects infants, toddlers, older and immunocompromised people like newly operated people, people suffering from diabetes, cancer patients or AIDS patients. According to experts, listeria can trigger meningitis (meningitis) or blood poisoning (sepsis) in these risk groups. In healthy adults, however, an infection is usually rather harmless. Most of the time, there are mild symptoms that resemble those of flu. Among other things, this leads to fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, body aches or headaches. Diagnosing listeriosis is often difficult, with infection and illness taking up to two months to elapse. (ad)