Food Safety Recall: Dunsyre Blue Cheese
Listeria Recall: Dunsyre Blue Cheese
Dunsyre Blue Cheese by Errington Cheese Ltd
All batches of Dunsyre Blue Cheese are being recalled because Listeria monocytogenes have been found in these cheeses.
Listeria monocytogenes is a species of bacteria that is harmful to humans - we call them pathogenic bacteria. It is also harmful to animals, leading to abortion and encephalitis in sheep and cattle - though for this article, that is not relevant, it's unlikely anyone is going to feed them special blue cheese!
Listeriosis mostly affects those whose immune system is compromised. For instance, the very young, because their immune system is not yet fully developed. The very old, where it is weakened. Pregnant women, whose immune system is lowered so as not to reject the baby. The ill, either because their conditions lower their immune system, or because their medications do.
Listeriosis primarily affects people's digestive system, leading to diarrhea and often also nausea, vomiting and a fever. It can take 21 days for the illness to show though, so tracing it back to a certain food can be difficult.
However, it can also lead to more serious illnesses such as meningitis and bacteremia. It can also affect the heart.
Listeria infections can result in significant ill health (morbidity), and even death (mortality).
Errington Cheese Ltd's Dunsyre Blue Cheese Recall
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