Not to consume a kind of French raw milk cheese suspected to be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

Issue Date 19.12.2023
Source of Information

Rappel Conso of France

Food Product

Raw milk cheese

Product Name and Description

Product name: Plate of 5 Medals Winner Assorted Cheeses (with 4 Types of Raw Milk Cheese) (Le Plateau des Médaillés)

Brand: CANTOREL (Saveurs de Terroirs)

Place of origin: France

Net weight: 310 grams

Best-before dates: November 28, 2023 to January 9, 2024

Batch: all lots

Importer: City Super Limited

Reason For Issuing Alert

-  The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) through its Food Incident Surveillance System noted a notification from the Rappel Conso of France that the above-mentioned product is being recalled in France due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC). Upon learning of the incident, the CFS immediately contacted local importers for follow-up. A preliminary investigation found that the above-mentioned importer had imported into Hong Kong the affected batches of the product concerned.

-  People will contract STEC-causing gastro-intestinal disease through consumption of contaminated water or undercooked and contaminated foods. Intestinal bleeding and serious complications such as hemolytic uraemic syndrome may also develop in some people.

Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety

-  The importer concerned has stopped sale and removed the affected batches of the product from shelves and initiated a recall according to the CFS's instructions.

-  The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. The investigation is ongoing.

Advice to the Trade

Stop using or selling the product concerned immediately if possess it

Advice to Consumers

Not to consume the affected batches of the product if have bought any

Further Information

The CFS press release

Enquiries about the recall can be made to the importer's hotline at 2736 3866 during office hours.

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Centre for Food Safety
Food and Environmental Hygiene Department