Stop consuming a kind of French cheese suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Issue Date 18.4.2018
Source of Information

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission

Food Product

A kind of cheese imported from France

Product Name and Description

Product name: Brillat Savarin
Place of origin: France
Producer: Sarl ETS Beillevaire
Lot No.: 180140 and 1801579
Best-before dates: March 9, 2018, and March 11, 2018

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the RASFF that the above-mentioned product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and is being recalled.  According to the information provided by the RASFF, a local importer, K-Element Limited, had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up. The importer confirmed that it had imported about 4 kilograms of the affected product and all of them were distributed. It has initiated a recall according to the CFS' advice.
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to monitor the case and take appropriate follow-up action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Stop consuming the affected product if they have bought any.
Further Information

The CFS press release

  • Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer's hotline at 3106 4722 during office hours.

Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department