The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled hundreds of cases of brie cheese sold in Colorado due to possible listeria contamination.
The recall affects nearly 400 cases of President brand brie cheese in seven-ounce, gold-foil wedges, which is sold by Albertson's Food Centers throughout Colorado.
The individual cheese wedges carry the sell-by date of January 10, 2004, and the number 307 on the bottom of the packaging. Health officials say Coloradans who have the cheese in their refrigerators should return it for a refund.
The Consumer Protection Division is working with Albertson's stores to have all of the remaining cheese from the recalled lot removed from store shelves.
No illnesses are known to have occurred.
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People at risk for listeriosis and their family members or individuals preparing food for them should:
- Reheat until steaming hot the following types of ready-to-eat foods: hot dogs, luncheon meats, cold cuts, fermented and dry sausage, and other deli-style meat and poultry products.
- Thoroughly reheating food can help kill any bacteria that might be present. If you cannot reheat these foods, do not eat them.
- Wash hands with hot, soapy water after handling these types of ready-to-eat foods. (Wash for at least 20 seconds.)
- Also wash cutting boards, dishes, and utensils. Thorough washing helps eliminate any bacteria that might get on your hands or other surfaces from food before it is reheated.
- Do not eat soft cheeses such as feta, Brie, Camembert, blue-veined or Mexican-style cheese. You can eat hard cheeses, processed cheeses, cream cheese, cottage cheese, and yogurt.
- Do not drink raw, unpasteurized milk or eat foods made from it, such as unpasteurized cheese.
- Observe all expiration dates for perishable items that are precooked or ready-to-eat.
Source: http://www.fsis.usda.gov (Food Safety and Inspection Service United States Department of Agriculture) contributed to this report.