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Listeria-tainted Whole Foods cheese recalled in 30 states

Crave Brothers Les Fr?res cheese is being blamed for making people sick in at least three states and may be responsible for one person's death in Minnesota. The cheese is sold by Whole Foods Market Inc., and they have recalled the cheese because of fears it is contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

The cheese, which is sold in Whole Foods Market stores and only has the stores' scale labels on the clear plastic wrap packaging, was sold in Louisiana under the name Les Fr?res. In other states, it could be sold under the name of Crave Brothers Les Fr?res or simply Les Fr?res.

One person became ill in Illinois in May after eating the tainted cheese. In Minnesota, two people became sick and one died in June after consuming the Les Fr?res cheese; however, the information about the illnesses and death was not released by state officials until July 4.

In individuals who are healthy, listeria can cause abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, high fever, stiffness and headache. In people with immune systems that are weakened, or pregnant women, listeria can become a severe illness.

The recall of Crave Brothers cheese includes Petit Frere with Truffles, Petit Frere and Les Fr?res that were made on or before July 1. This cheese, according to Crave Brothers, has been distributed by mail order and through food service and retail outlets throughout the U.S. Whole Foods have advised its customers to dispose of the cheese. Customers can bring in a receipt for the cheese to get a refund.

If you or a loved one have become ill due to Les Fr?res cheese or other food item, you should contact a Louisiana products liability attorney. You may have a civil case against the retailer and manufacturer for such claims as medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages.

wwltv.com, "Whole Foods recalling tainted cheese sold in 30 states, including La." No author given, Jul. 05, 2013

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