Not to consume Australian soft cheese with possible Listeria contamination

Issue Date 21.1.2013
Source of Information

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Food Product

Soft cheese

Product Name and Description
Product name Date of manufacture
Blue Brie Cheese 13/11/2012
Blue Brie Cheese 28/11/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 11/10/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 15/10/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 16/10/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 1/11/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 5/11/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 6/11/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 13/11/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 25/11/2012
Chilled Brie Cheese Cartons 28/11/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 11/10/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 15/10/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 19/10/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 1/11/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 6/11/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 13/11/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 23/11/2012
Chilled Camembert Cheese Cartons 25/11/2012
Jindi Brie Cheese 125g 15/10/2012
Jindi Brie Cheese 125g 1/11/2012
Jindi Brie Cheese 125g 25/11/2012
Jindi Camembert Cheese 125g 15/10/2012
Jindi Camembert Cheese 125g 11/11/2012
Jindi Camembert Cheese 125g 25/11/2012
Jindi Rustic Brie Cheese 125g 24/10/2012
Jindi Rustic Brie Cheese 125g 15/11/2012
Jindi Traditional Blue Cheese 125g 11/10/2012
Jindi Traditional Blue Cheese 125g 1/11/2012
Jindi Triple Cream Cheese 180g 2/11/2012
Jindi Triple Cream Cheese 180g 11/11/2012
Reason For Issuing Alert

The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) noticed that some cheese products produced by an Australian manufacturer, Jindi Cheese Pty Ltd, were suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The concerned company is now voluntarily recalling all soft and semi-soft cheese products it manufactured on or before January 6 this year. Some of the affected products have been imported to Hong Kong.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

The CFS has contacted two chain stores which had imported the affected products, namely PARKnSHOP and Pacific Gourmet. The shops were instructed to stop selling the affected products.

The CFS has alerted the trade of the incident. The CFS will monitor the recall of the affected products and the development of the incident, and take appropriate actions whenever necessary.

Advice to the Trade

Stop selling the affected product.

Advice to Consumers

Stop eating the affected products, regardless of batches.

To be prudent, consumers who recently bought any cut portion of gourmet soft cheese and are unsure of the product details should also stop eating it.

Seek medical advice if they feel sick after consuming the affected products.

Symptoms after exposure to Listeria monocytogenes may include fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhoea. While healthy individuals rarely develop symptoms, the effects on pregnant women, newborns, the elderly and people with lowered immunity could be severe which include miscarriage and meningitis.

Further Information

The CFS press release

Website of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ)

Consumers may contact the shops concerned (PARKnSHOP - 2606 8658 / Pacific Gourmet - 3184 0805) for enquiries about the recall.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department