Whole Foods recalls Maytag blue cheese over listeria concerns

Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Over Listeria Concerns

NEW YORK (PIX 11) – Whole Foods is recalling Maytag blue cheese after testers found listeria in some of the product samples.

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The recall has been issued nationwide after testing in Iowa detected listeria in two lots of product. Maytag Dairy Farms voluntarily suspended production and distribution as both the FDA and State of Iowa investigate.

The cheese being recalled was sold cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels in various weights reading "Maytag Blue Raw Milk," "Maytag Blue" or "Maytag Iowa Blue Cheese" and with PLU numbers beginning with 293308 and "sell-by" dates of 1/20/2016 through 3/21/16.

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Whole Foods recalls Maytag blue cheese over listeria concerns
OVERLAND PARK, KS - APRIL 21: A Blue Bell Ice Cream truck is seen outside a Wal-Mart store after Blue Bell Creameries recalls all products following a Listeria contamination on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
OVERLAND PARK, KS - APRIL 21: Shelves are bare and signs are posted where Blue Bell products were displayed in a grocery store on April 21, 2015 in Overland Park, Kansas. Blue Bell Creameries recalled all products following a Listeria contamination. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
We have initiated a voluntary recall of all our ice creams, frozen yogurts, sorbets, and ice cream sandwiches. https://t.co/JUOXA4JT0e
Five people in Kansas have become ill, three have died, as part of a potential listeriosis outbreak, possibly connected to eating Blue Bell Creameries ice cream at a hospital, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The iconic cheese brand was on shelves in various Whole Foods Market stores nationwide.

So far no one has been sickened by the cheese, according to Whole Foods, and the recall is being done out of an "abundance of caution."

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Listeria can cause high fever, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain and other uncomfortable but non-lethal for healthy people. In pregnant women, however, listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths; in children, elderly people or people with compromised immune systems, however, listeria can be serious and sometimes fatal.

Customers who bought the cheese are encouraged to discard it and bring a receipt to the store for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may call 512-477-5566, extension 20060, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time.

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