Etoile du Vercors recalled Saint Felicien, Saint Marcellin, Sechon de Vache, and Tommes de Dauphine cheeses with use by dates from 04/08/14 to 03/09/14.
Verotoxigenic E. coli O26:H11 has been found in a batch of Saint Felicien cheese. The manufacturer, Etoile du Vercors, is recalling the above four types of cheese with the use by dates specified because they could have been made with the same contaminated raw milk. Affected cheeses were exported to Ireland to a small number of speciality stores. A recall notice is being displayed in these stores advising consumers not to consume the implicated cheeses.
E. coli O26:H11 can cause severe bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. In some groups, particularly children under five years of age and the elderly, the infection can also cause a complication called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.
Food businesses supplied with the implicated batches of cheese are requested to remove them from sale and clearly display a recall notice informing customers not to eat them. Food businesses who have sold the cheeses should inform their local inspector (unless contact has already been made).
Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated cheeses.