Nine Whole Foods Market Stores Issue Voluntary Recall for Explorateur French Triple Creme Cheese Due to Possible Health Risk
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U.S. Food & Drug Administration

April 9, 2018

Whole Foods Market is voluntarily recalling Explorateur French Triple Crème cheese from nine stores located in New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey out of an abundance of caution. The cheese has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women. No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall includes Explorateur French Triple Crème cheese (under the names Explorateur, Explorateur French Triple Crème Cheese and Explorateur Triple Crème French Cheese) which were both cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap, as well as sold in branded 8 oz. packages. All cheese had "sell by" dates from 02/15/2018 through 04/03/2018. The issue was discovered when Whole Foods Market was notified by a distributor of a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes.

The products sold as Explorateur French Triple Crème at the following Whole Foods Market stores with scale labels beginning with PLU code 0294317:

  • 90 E. Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT
  • 222 Main Street, Madison, NJ
  • 701 Bloomfield Avenue, Montclair, NJ

The products sold as Explorateur Triple Crème French Cheese at the following Whole Foods Market stores with scale labels beginning with PLU code 203971:

  • 7245 Lake Street, River Forest, IL
  • 760 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL

The products sold as Explorateur at the following Whole Foods Market stores with scale labels beginning with PLU code 293693:

  • 753 Cerillos Road, Santa Fe, NM
  • 100 Pitt Street, El Paso, TX

The products sold as Explorateur in 8 oz. branded packages at the following Whole Foods Market stores with UPC codes 339001000408 and lot codes H10, H010, H11 or H011:

  • 753 Cerillos Road, Santa Fe, NM
  • 100 Pitt Street, El Paso, TX
  • 7245 Lake Street, River Forest, IL
  • 760 Waukegan Road, Deerfield, IL
  • 501 Bowman Road, Little Rock, AR
  • 11920 Domain Drive, Austin, TX

Customers who purchased these products at Whole Foods Market can bring a valid receipt into stores for a full refund. Consumers with additional questions can call 1-844- 936-8255 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. CST, Monday through Friday, or 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. CST Saturday through Sunday.

We aim to provide information about certain recalls that have the potential to negatively impact your health. For more information on these and other recalls, please refer to fda.gov and fsis.usda.gov.

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