6,000 camemberts recalled in France over E.Coli fears

The boxes of camembert have been recalled across France, under the brand "Moulin de Carel"

Almost 6,000 boxes of Camembert cheese have been recalled across France after it was discovered that they could be at risk of E.Coli bacteria contamination.

The brand La Société Fromagère du Moulin de Carel, part of dairy manufacturer Lactalis, announced the recall this week. It concerns 5,800 camemberts sold under the brand “Moulin de Carel”.

The cheeses were sold from January 31, 2019, under the lot number L19009C, the manufacturer confirmed.
A statement read: “A test has shown, in these products, the presence of E.Coli 026 H11. It is therefore asked that people who still have these products do not consume them, and bring them back to the point of sale that they bought them from.”

There are several types of E.Coli bacteria, and not all kinds are dangerous for humans. The most dangerous for humans is usually found in cattle, in meat or milk.

Symptoms of poisoning can occur up to a week after eating a contaminated product, and include stomach pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and eventual kidney damage in young children.

The company statement added: “Anyone who may have eaten the products mentioned, and who may have symptoms of E.Coli poisoning, are invited to contact their doctor as soon as possible, making sure they are aware of the food, and the nature of the contamination.”

A helpline has been set up for anyone who has questions (in French), on 05 65 58 54 17.

The Camembert recall comes in the same week as the French supermarket E.Leclerc recalled batches of frozen green beans under its own brand “Notre jardin - marque repère”, over fears that they had been contaminated by the toxic plant datura.

Similarly, anyone who had any bags of these beans, under lot numbers 8352M or 8031M, with sell-by dates of 18/12/2020 or 31/01/2020, was invited not to consume them, and to take them back to the point of sale.

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