Australians have been warned against eating a New Zealand blue cheese contaminated with listeria.
The New Zealand Whitestone Cheese Company’s Windsor Blue Cheese has been recalled in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Central Territory due to the risk of listeria infection.
The Whitestone Windsor blue is sold in 110 gram wedges in a sealed plastic package and has a best before date of 6th July 2014.
While the company has removed the Windsor Blue cheese from sale in the retail sector, some people may still have the product at home, Victorian Chief Health Officer Rosemary Lester said.
Consumers are advised to throw any cheese out or return it to the place of purchase.
Listeria infection is particularly dangerous for pregnant women, their unborn babies and elderly people. It can cause miscarriages in pregnant women and even death in people with compromised immune systems, Dr Lester says.
Healthy people usually show only mild symptoms but in people at risk, early symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness and aches and pains. Symptoms can take up to 70 days to appear, making investigations into listeria difficult.