Listeria bacteria in cheese confirmed: cheese dairy remains closed

Listeria bacteria in cheese confirmed: cheese dairy remains closed

After cheese recall: Listeria suspicion has been confirmed
After a recall campaign for soft cheese from the Zurwies cheese dairy was launched a few days ago, the suspicion of listeria has now been confirmed. The source of the harmful bacteria is searched for. The company remains closed for the time being.

The cheese dairy remains closed until further notice
A few days ago it became known that the Zurwies cheese dairy was recalling various products due to suspected germs. Now the suspicion of listeria in soft cheese has been confirmed. As the news agency dpa reports, the managing director Luise Holzinger announced that the company from Wangen im Allgäu (Baden-Württemberg) will remain closed until further notice. The source of the harmful bacteria is currently being sought.

Customers should inquire with the dealer if necessary
Almost a week ago, the cheese dairy recalled the organic soft cheese "L’amour rouge d’Antoine" with the best-before dates of April 18, 2016 and April 22, 2016 because of possible infestation with listeria. According to consumer warnings, the organic soft cheese was also sold under the names "Peppered Ass", "Le Vacherin" and "Toco". The products were sold nationwide as open goods to cheese counters. Therefore, customers can not check the expiry date and should in doubt inquire at the point of sale whether the affected batches are concerned, the cheese dairy said.

People from risk groups are at risk
Listeria monocytogenes bacteria are pathogens that are present everywhere in our environment and can be found in all raw foods. Contamination is therefore not uncommon. The pathogens usually do not pose a risk to healthy people, so an infection (listeriosis) is usually harmless. However, infants, toddlers, older and immunocompromised people such as newly operated people, people suffering from diabetes, cancer patients or AIDS patients are at risk. According to health experts, Listeria may trigger meningitis (meningitis) or blood poisoning (sepsis) among these risk groups.

In healthy adults, infection is usually harmless
In healthy adults, however, an infection is usually rather harmless and there are mild symptoms that resemble those of the flu. Among other things, this leads to fever, diarrhea, abdominal pain, body aches and headaches. "Consumers who have consumed these products and are experiencing these symptoms are urged to see a doctor," wrote the Zurwies cheese dairy in a warning to their customers. Even in pregnant women, the disease is usually mild or even without symptoms. However, in the case of infected unborn babies, the course of the disease can be severe, including even stillbirth. Expectant mothers should therefore always consult a doctor with symptoms such as fever and chills. It can take up to eight weeks between consumption and the onset of the disease. The disease is usually treated with antibiotics. (ad)

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