The Co-operative is extending the recall of its Truly Irresistible Camembert to include all packs as a precautionary measure, because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness, particularly among vulnerable groups.

Listeria monocytogenes is the species of pathogenic bacteria that causes the infection listeriosis. It is a facultative anaerobic bacterium, capable of surviving in the presence or absence of oxygen. It can grow and reproduce inside the host’s cells and is one of the most virulent foodborne pathogens, with 20 to 30% of clinical infections resulting in death. Responsible for an estimated 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the United States (U.S.) annually, listeriosis is the third-leading cause of death among foodborne bacterial pathogens, with fatality rates exceeding even Salmonella and Clostridium botulinum. In the European Union listeriosis follows an upward trend that began in 2008, causing 2,161 confirmed cases and 210 reported deaths in 2014, 16% more than in 2013. Listeriosis mortality rates are also in the EU higher than for other food-borne pathogens.

Due to its frequent pathogenicity, causing meningitis in newborns (acquired transvaginally), pregnant mothers are often advised not to eat soft cheeses such as Brie, Camembert, feta, and queso blanco fresco, which may be contaminated with and permit growth of Listeria monocytogenes. It is the third-most-common cause of meningitis in newborns. Listeria monocytogenes can infect the brain, spinal cord membranes and/or the bloodstream of the host[6] through the ingestion of contaminated food such as unpasteurized dairy or raw foods.[7]



Risk to vulnerable groups are pregnant women, unborn and newborn babies, those over 60 years old and anyone with a weakened immune system. Presence of Listeria monocytogenes can cause foodborne illness

Product Details

Product: The Co-operative Truly Irresistible Camembert
Pack size: 250g
‘Use by’ date: all dates

No other Co-operative products are known to be affected.

Advice to customers

If you have bought the above product, do not eat it. Instead, return it to the nearest Co-operative store for a full refund or call Freephone 0800 0686 727.

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