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Whole Foods recalls cheese because of listeria risk

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NEW YORK — Cheese sold at Whole Foods is being recalled because of possible listeria contamination, the company said.

Whole Foods said the recall applies to cut, wrapped and weighed Papillion organic Roquefort cheese.

The company announced the nationwide recall this week after sampling by the FDA found listeria monocytogenes in a wheel of the cheese.

Listeria can cause people to get so sick they have to be hospitalized, according to the FDA. For particularly vulnerable people, the illness can be fatal. The people most at risk are pregnant women, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems from HIV, cancer, diabetes, kidney disease and transplants.

The FDA warned that listeria bacteria can spread to other foods once it’s brought into the home, growing and infecting foods throughout a refrigerator.

Whole Foods said no illnesses have been reported. Customers who bought the now-recalled cheese should bring their receipts to a Whole Foods store for a refund.