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Whole Foods Market Recalls Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves in Two Stores Due to Possible Health Risk

For Immediate Release

February 16, 2016



Whole Foods Market
512-477-5566 ext. 20060


Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas is recalling Pecorino Aged Cheese in Walnut Leaves sold in one Florida and one New York, NY store, because it 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, 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 monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recalled cheese was cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels beginning with PLU code 294239 and "sell by" dates of 3/3/16 through 3/8/16 in the Bowery, NYC store. In Coral Gables*, FL the recalled cheese was sold with scale labels beginning with PLU code 290107 and "sell by" dates of 2/29/16 through 3/8/16. The recalled cheese was pulled from store shelves and destroyed on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

A sampling of the products tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes during a routine inspection conducted by the supplier.

Consumers who have purchased this product from Whole Foods Market should discard it and bring their receipt to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact their local store or call 512-477-5566 ext. 20060 between the hours of 9am and 5pm CST, Monday through Friday. For media inquiries, contact

*Previously misreported as the West Palm Beach location.


Product Photos

  • Pecorino Aged in Walnut Leaves Mitica, scale label
  • Pecorino Aged in Walnut Leaves Mitica, scale label

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