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Bacterial contamination: manufacturer recalls soft cheese
Bauer Freigeist GmbH from Gardelegen (Saxony-Anhalt) has started a recall for Camembert. According to the company, a microbiological contamination of the soft cheese cannot be excluded.
The Bauer Freigeist dairy and cheese dairy in Gardelegen, Saxony-Anhalt, is recalling the product "Wiepkes Camembert Bio Soft Cheese". According to the manufacturer, a microbiological contamination of the product cannot be excluded.
Ingestion is not recommended
As the Federal Office for Consumer Protection and Food Safety explains on its portal "lebensmittelwarnung.de", E. coli that forms shiga toxin has been detected in the cheese. These E-coli bacteria can lead to health problems such as diarrhea and vomiting.
Camembert is affected by the recall with the batch number: 2001071 and the best before date (expiry date): 02/18/2020. According to the information, the product was sold exclusively in Saxony-Anhalt.
The affected Camembert can be returned at the respective sales point. It is also possible to send a photo of the label and the account details to the company via email. The manufacturer advises against eating Camembert.
Not all infected fall ill
According to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the damaging effects of shigatoxin-forming E. coli (STEC), also called verotoxin-forming E. coli (VTEC), are based on the fact that they form effective toxins in the human intestine, the shiga toxins (Stx ). The best known STEC representatives are enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC).
As the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) explains on its website, an infection with EHEC can be asymptomatic, with the pathogen being eliminated over a period of one to three weeks, rarely over a longer period. During this time, other people can be infected if hygiene is inadequate.
If symptoms occur, nausea, vomiting and mild, watery diarrhea usually occur after an incubation period of about two to ten days (on average three to four days).
Severe illnesses possible
Bloody diarrhea and painful abdominal cramps occur with more severe illnesses. In five to ten percent of sufferers, especially in preschool children, a serious clinical picture develops after the bowel complaints (about a week after the onset of diarrhea).
“The effects of the EHEC poisons can lead to anemia (reduced number of red blood cells), vascular damage with blood clotting disorders (reduced number of platelets) and kidney dysfunction, the so-called hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which occurs in 1 -5% of cases in children are fatal, ”writes the LGL.
And: "Even after surviving the acute symptoms of HUS, severe, permanent health problems (high blood pressure, impaired kidney function) may remain." (Ad)
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