Qld Health issues warning about cheese linked to Listeria

A BRAND of Victorian soft cheese has been recalled after being linked to outbreaks of Listeria.

Queensland Health confirmed on Wednesday that three Jindi branded cheeses were to be avoided if they had best before dates of December 21, 2012.

There have been eight confirmed cases of the disease across Australia, including one in Queensland, linked to this brand of cheese.

They include 1kg packages of Jindi brie and camembert, 1kg Jindi food services brie and 1kg Wattle Valley double brie and camembert.

Jindi Cheese has voluntarily recalled the products due to the potential risk.

These can be returned for a full refund.

Queensland Health advised any consumers unsure of what brand their cheese was, to throw it away.

Chief health officer Dr Jeanette Young said Listeria infection was dangerous for pregnant women, their unborn babies and the elderly.

"It can result in death in people with compromised immune systems and can cause miscarriages in pregnant women," Dr Young said.

"Healthy people usually show only mild symptoms, however, in people at risk, early symptoms of Listeria include fever, headache, tiredness and aches and pains."

Jindi Cheese is now working with a Dairy Food Safety Victoria investigation.


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