Listeria: recall of 24,000 cheeses from Fromageries de Normandie, of the Lactalis group

Fromageries de Normandie, belonging to the Lactalis group, announced via a press release on Friday that it had expanded its recall campaign for raw milk cheeses, after having identified a “probable source of contamination” of the bacteria responsible for listeriosis. Lactalis indicates in particular that it has gone back to the source of the problem by identifying the origin of the contamination, caused “by raw milk from one of the partner farms”.

As a result, the Fromageries de Normandie, acquired by Lactalis in 2016, recall “all the raw milk cheeses made with the milk of the producer concerned”, i.e. 24,000 cheeses, a spokesperson for Lactalis told AFP. Bries, coulommiers, camembert and small camemberts from the Normanville, Bon Normand, Pâquerettes, Graindorge, Traditions de Normandie and Nous anti-gaspi brands are thus targeted, without “no intoxication being identified at this time”, specified the group.

A toll-free number for concerned consumers

The identification numbers of the recalled batches are 010322LI8, 030322LI8, 070322LI8, 090322LI9, 110322LI4, 150322LI3, 170322LI1, and stamp FR 14.371.001 CE, according to Fromageries de Normandie. A toll-free number has also set up a toll-free number for affected consumers (0800 120 120). Last Monday, Lactalis had already started the recall of its Graindorge cheeses, namely a Brie, two Coulommiers and two Normanville, five raw milk cheeses.

Listeriosis, which is the second cause of death by food poisoning with, in France, a few dozen deaths per year, is particularly deadly in its “invasive” form. Thus, about a quarter of patients die from it, for example because of neurological complications such as meningitis. This campaign comes in the wake of a massive recall of frozen pizzas of the Buitoni brand, after several serious cases of contamination of children by the bacterium Escherichia coli, as well as Kinder products suspected of having caused cases of salmonellosis.

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