Whole Foods Market announces that it is recalling Trois Comtois Morbier cheese in the Mid Atlantic, Southwest, Northern California, Southern Pacific and Midwest regions. This cheese is being recalled because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, 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, Listeriainfection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled Trois Comtois Morbier comes in wheels approximately 11 lbs. each, which are then cut and wrapped in varying weights and are labeled with a Whole Foods Market scale label.  Below is a list of how the cheese was labeled, including PLU code, according to the state in which it was sold. This recall includes all “best by” dates sold in Whole Foods Market stores in the states listed below.

State Labeled as PLU
Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas Morbier Raw Milk 293358
Ohio, Virginia, Washington D.C. Morbier AOC Le Trois 293608
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin Morbier Raw Milk French Cheese 293358
Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona Morbier Raw Milk 293358
Northern California and Nevada (Reno store only) Morbier Les Trois Comtois 293608

To date, no illnesses have been reported to Whole Foods Market. This recall is in response to a recall by Trois Comtois in Poligny, France. Whole Foods Market is one of many retailers affected by this recall, as the product is also purchased by grocery stores, restaurants, and individual mail orders.