Germany-wide popular cheese recall: manufacturer warns of major health risks


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Intestinal bacterium in test: Manufacturer recalls Camembert Bertrand cheese

Cheese Recall: There is a risk of serious illnesses! A raw milk cheese contaminated with bacteria has been recalled. Before consumption is strongly discouraged. There is a risk of serious illnesses.

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Camembert de Terroir au lait cru recalled

The cheese “au lait cru” is considered a real treat for the palate. Lactic acid bacteria give the product a very intense aroma, which, however, tempts many people not to enjoy the cheese. Due to the risk of EHEC bacteria, the French manufacturer has launched a nationwide recall. The “Camembert de Terroir au lait cru – Bertrand Père & Fils” is affected.

Camembert recall: This batch is affected

  • Item: Camembert de Terroir au lait cru – Bertrand Père & Fils
  • Packaging unit: 250g pack
  • Best before date: 01/27/2022
  • Lot identification: 334513
  • EAN: 3267031320300

Cheese recall from French manufacturer: EHEC bacteria detected

The company Gillot SAS, based in the cheese stronghold of Normandy, is informing consumers about the recall of the product Camembert Bertrand (Camembert de Terroir au lait cru). The cheese in the 250 g pack. The harmful enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) bacteria were detected. 

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the so-called EHEC bacteria would cause diarrhea and abdominal pain. Accompanying symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and, rarely, fever. Babies, small children, the elderly, and people with a weakened immune system are, particularly at risk. Some people may have bloody stools and cramping abdominal pain.

Serious health consequences if you eat the camembert cheese

In a few cases, acute kidney failure can occur in small children in a second episode after the onset of diarrhea. If shoppers have consumed the food and experience persistent symptoms, they are strongly advised to seek medical attention. An EHEC infection should not be ruled out in these cases. If no symptoms develop, there is no point in seeing a doctor. The food warning portal, which is operated by the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety, advises this.

What is EHEC?

The abbreviation EHEC stands for Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli. These are E. coli strains that actually live in the intestines of certain ruminants. Under unfavorable circumstances, however, they also get into the human organism and trigger diarrheal diseases, some of which are severe.

The reasons for this are toxins produced by the EHEC pathogens, the so-called Shiga toxins. Unlike humans, these substances are generally harmless to ruminants.

What are the symptoms of an EHEC infection?

An EHEC infection can make you very ill. Symptoms usually begin 2 to 5 days after ingesting contaminated foods or liquids, and may last for up to 8 days or more. The following are some of the most common symptoms associated with EHEC:

  • Abdominal cramps
  • Severe bloody diarrhea
  • Non-bloody diarrhea
  • Little to no fever
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication that can cause symptoms of decreased urination, extreme fatigue, pale skin, and anemia

How can someone be diagnosed with EHEC?

EHEC can be confirmed with a stool culture. Stool samples are tested to compare with the source or contaminated food that has caused an outbreak.

Can EHEC be treated?

Antibiotics and antidiarrheal medicines are not used with this type of infection. They may increase the risk of HUS. Recovery for most people with this illness usually occurs within 5 to 10 days. It is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.

If a person develops HUS, hospitalization in an intensive care unit may be required. Treatment may include blood transfusions and kidney dialysis.

Germany-wide distribution of “Camembert de Terroir au lait cru”

The company reacted immediately and had the affected product withdrawn from sale. Other products from the manufacturer and different best-before dates and batches are not affected by the recall. The cheese was marketed nationwide via various distribution channels. 

The manufacturer apologizes for the inconvenience caused. In the letter from Gillot SAS, no information was given about the return. The recommendation is that the cheese be returned to the sales outlets concerning the recall.

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