Hong Kong – Not to consume a kind of French cheese suspected to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

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Issue Date 16.4.2019
Source of Information Notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission
Food Product A kind of French cheese
Product Name and Description Product name: Cheese Brillat Savarin

Brand: Bordier

Place of origin: France

Importer: Classic Fine Foods (Hong Kong) Ltd

Lot No.: 352702, 352203, 352802 and 352803

Best-before dates: April 12 to May 7, 2019

Reason For Issuing Alert
  • The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) received a notification from the Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) of the European Commission that the above-mentioned product might have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and was being recalled. According to the information provided by the RASFF, a local importer, Classic Fine Foods (Hong Kong) Ltd, had imported some of the affected product into Hong Kong.
  • The CFS immediately contacted the importer concerned for follow-up. Preliminary investigation found the importer had imported 11 pieces of the affected product and all of them had been distributed. The importer has initiated a recall according to the CFS’ instructions.
  • Listeria monocytogenes can be easily destroyed by cooking but can survive and multiply at refrigerator temperature. Most healthy individuals do not develop symptoms or only have mild symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea when infected. However, severe complications such as septicaemia, meningitis or even death may occur in newborns, the elderly and those with a weaker immune system. Although infected pregnant women may just experience mild symptoms generally, the infection of Listeria monocytogenes may cause miscarriage, infant death, preterm birth, or severe infection in the newborns.
Action Taken by the Centre for Food Safety
  • The CFS will alert the trade to the incident, and will continue to follow up and take appropriate action. Investigation is ongoing.
Advice to the Trade
  • Stop using or selling the affected product immediately if they possess it.
Advice to Consumers
  • Not to consume 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 2612 2066 during office hours.

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