Cheese recalled after listeria outbreak

Last updated 12:45 25/01/2013

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Cheese is being taken off Wellington and Auckland shelves after two imported brands caused an outbreak of listeriosis in Australia.

The Ministry of Primary Industries is recalling Jindi and Old Telegraph Road brand cheeses that have been sold through four specialty food stores and supermarkets in the two cities.

MPI said this is a precautionary recall and they want to ensure the cheeses aren't available to be bought and aren't consumed by people that have already purchased the cheese, which is imported from an Australian manufacturer.

Anyone who has bought the recalled products is advised not to eat them. People should return them to where they bought them for a refund, or dispose of them via the normal household rubbish.

Some people face a greater risk from Listeria than others, including those who are pregnant, very young, old or immuno-compromised.

Listeria is a serious illness and its symptoms include diarrhoea, fever, muscle pain, headache, occasional abdominal cramps and vomiting.

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- The Dominion Post

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