Listeria monocytogenes WARNING: Brie cheese recalled in England – could you be affected?

Yorkshire Fine Cheese has recalled Barncliffe Brie, after Listeria monocytogenes was found in one batch of the cheese. The Food Standards Agency has released the alert, which is specific to England only. As a precautionary measure, the business has recalled a further two batches of the cheese which may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Customers who have bought the relevant products are advised to not eat it.

Instead, they can return it to the store from which it was bought, asking for a full refund.

This can be granted regardless of whether you have a receipt or not.

The packs of Barncliffe Brie included in the recall have the batch codes 098, 099, and 002.

They are in the sizes of 200g and 1kg, and have the following best before dates: March 4, 2019, March 6, 2019, and March 25, 2019.

The affected product has already been removed from the shelves.

No other Yorkshire Fine Cheese products are known to have been affected.

How can listeria affect your body?

Symptoms caused by this organism are often similar to flu, and this includes a high temperature, muscle ache or pain, or chills.

Diarrhoea and the feeling of, or being sick, are also symptoms.

In rare cases, the infection can be more severe, and this could cause serious complications such as meningitis.

While listeria can affect any age group, there are certain people who may be more vulnerable to the infections.

Those over the age of 65, for example, could be at greater risk, as could pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies who are less than a month old, ad those with weakened immune systems.

Last month, a warning was issued about the consumption of avocados.

While many people tend to scoop the contents of the fruit out of the skin, many miss out on a vital step.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have said that the outer surface of an avocado could potentially be a breeding ground for listeria.

But that’s not all, as salmonella has also been detected on some avocados, making the need to wash them being using them even more important.