Urgent withdrawal of a brand of cheese in the midst of a serious outbreak of listeria

Health officials have urged the public not to eat semi-soft cheeses due to the risk of them being contaminated with listeria. The Food Standards Agency and the UK Health Safety Agency have issued a warning not to eat Baronet semi-soft cheese, which have been withdrawn from the market because they are contaminated with listeria.

The type of cheese that is remembered is Baronet, which is a pasteurized semi-soft cheese with a pinkish-orange rind and a pungent odor.

It is often purchased in small individual rounds and as 1kg wheels which can be cut to order. Consumers have been advised to contact the retailer they purchased their cheese from to find out if the Baronet cheese they purchased is from the affected companies and batches, and not to eat the product in the meantime.

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Symptoms of listeriosis include a high temperature, muscle aches or pains, chills, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms can be similar to those of the flu. In rare cases, it can be more serious, causing serious complications, such as meningitis.

Those most vulnerable to listeria infections are those over the age of 65, pregnant women and their unborn babies, and babies less than one month old. As well as those with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer, HIV, underlying liver or kidney disease, or people undergoing immunosuppressive treatment.

The UK Health Security Agency has identified three cases potentially linked to a listeria outbreak. In addition, the outbreak has been found in some food products and samples taken from food environments, although Baronet has not been confirmed to be the cause of this outbreak, the organization added.


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