Gorgonzola Recalled Over Listeria Contamination

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Gorgonzola cheese has been recalled in Austria due to infection with Listeria bacteria.

There’s nothing like a good, smelly cheese, but the moldy stuff will be absent from some New Year’s platters in Austria this year after a massive recall due to Listeria contamination.

To be called Gorgonzola, the blue-veined cheese must be produced from milk from cows pastured in the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of Italy. According to The Local, Gorgonzola cheese produced by Italian manufacturer CasArrigoni has been recalled from sale after it was found to be infected with Listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria that is especially dangerous to the elderly, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.

The infected cheese was reportedly recalled immediately from points of sale across Austria and nobody is reported to have been sickened yet, but eight people in Austria died in 2009 because of exposure to Listeria bacteria in cheese, and this summer at least 12 people are reported to have died in Denmark after eating lunch meat contaminated with the bacteria.

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