Fomagerie Alpine is recalling all batches of Saint-Marcellin unpasteurised cheeses due to the possible presence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O26.
Product: (pack size: 80g)
- La Fromagerie Alpine Saint-Marcellin;
- La Tradition Du Bon Fromage Saint-Marcellin;
- La Fromagerie Alpine Saint-Marcellin Affinage Crémier;
- Xavier David Saint-Marcellin;
- Fabriqué en Dauphiné Saint-Marcellin.
“Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in retailers that sold the affected batches advising consumers not to eat the affected cheese.” a statement released by the Food and Safety Authority outlined.
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) - also known as Verocytotoxigenic E. coli (VTEC) - are a specific group of E. coli.
“While most E. coli are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans, STEC produce a powerful toxin which can cause severe illness.” the FSAI stressed.
Symptoms include abdominal cramps and diarrhoea which is sometimes bloody. Usually, there is little or no fever, and patients recover within 5 to 10 days.
In some people; however, particularly children under 5 years of age and the elderly, the infection can cause a complication called haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys can stop working properly.
The time between the initial infection and the first symptoms appearing is typically between 3 and 4 days but can range between 1 and 8 days.
Image source: FSAI