Whole Foods recalls cheese in 22 states due to health risk

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Time to check your cheese drawer.

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling Cahill Cheddar Porter and Whiskey Cheddar cheeses from 44 stores across 22 states because of a potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes.

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The affected products were packaged in clear wrapping and sold in the specialty department with a Whole Foods Market scale label with "packed on" dates from May 17 – July 26, 2021.

Affected products were distributed in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Customers who have purchased the recalled products should throw them away. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The issue was discovered when Whole Foods Market was notified by a distributor of a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women.

If you've purchased the recalled products, bring a valid receipt to your nearest store for a full refund.