Recall: E. coli bacteria in the net cheese
The Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety and the supermarket chain Netto Marken Discount warn of a cheese in which harmful E.coli STEC bacteria were found. Consumption can lead to a gastrointestinal infection within a week, which can be accompanied by bloody diarrhea and fever. Consumption is strongly discouraged.
It is the product "Farmer's Cheese Chive-Garlic in one piece (approx. 240 grams)" offered by FKS Frischkonzept Service GmbH. As a result, all items with the best before date are affected March 03, 2020, March 06, 2020, March 10, 2020, March 13, 2020, March 17, 2020, March 24, 2020, March 26, 2020 and March 31, 2020.
Where was the cheese sold?
According to the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are affected.
Please don't eat cheese!
For reasons of preventive consumer protection, FKS Frischkonzept Service GmbH is recalling the cheese mentioned above. As Netto reports in a consumer information, all affected cheese articles have already been taken out of sale. Anyone who has already bought the cheese should under no circumstances consume it. Netto will refund the purchase price upon presentation of the empty packaging or the corresponding receipt.
The company FKS Frischkonzept Service GmbH is available to answer any questions by calling: 02162 / 5483-010.
What are the dangers of E.coli STEC bacteria?
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the so-called Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia (E.) coli bacteria are summarized under the term shiga toxin or verotoxin-producing E. coli (STEC or VTEC). This group of bacteria can cause serious gastrointestinal infections, which in serious cases can even be fatal. The first symptoms appear about two to ten days (three to four days on average) after infection. Watery diarrhea often occurs, which is accompanied by nausea and vomiting, as well as increasing abdominal pain.
Ten to 20 percent of those affected develop a severe course with fever, cramps and bloody diarrhea. Infants, toddlers, the elderly and people with reduced immunity are considered to be at risk for severe courses. Anyone who has eaten the cheese mentioned above and has the symptoms described or similar symptoms should contact a doctor immediately and point out a possible E. coli infection. (vb)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: recall cheese (published: March 12th, 2020), lebensmittelwarnung.de
- RKI guide: EHEC disease (access: March 13, 2020), rki.de