Whole Foods Market recalls cheese in 21 states and Washington, D.C. because of possible health risk

September 13, 2012

Whole Foods Market announces that it is recalling ricotta salata sold in 21 states and Washington, D.C. that came from its supplier Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, NY. Forever Cheese recalled this cheese product because it may 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 infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled Ricotta Salata Frescolina brand cheese was cut into wedges, packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label using PLU 293427. All “sell by” dates through Oct. 2 are affected. Fourteen illnesses have been reported which may be associated with the Frescolina recall.

Whole Foods Market stores in the following states are affected by this recall:

Store Name Short Desc Store Address Store City Store State Store Postal Code
Mountain Brook MBK 3100 Cahaba Village Plaza Birmingham AL 35243
Paradise Valley PVA 10810 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix AZ 85028
Chandler CHR 2955 West Ray Road Chandler AZ 85226
La Jolla LAJ 8825 Villa La Jolla Drive La Jolla CA 92037
Tarzana TRZ 18700 W. Ventura Blvd Tarzana CA 91356
Cherry Creek CCK 2375 East 1st Ave Denver CO 80206
Boulder PRL 2905 Pearl Street Boulder CO 80301
Tenley TEN 4530 40th St. NW, Tenley Circle Washington DC 20016
Georgetown GTN 2323 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington DC 20007
P Street PST 1440 P Street NW Washington DC 20005
South Beach SBE 1020 Alton Rd. Miami FL 33139
Tampa TPA 1548 North Dale Mabry Blvd. Tampa FL 33607
Ft. Lauderdale FTL 2000 North Federal Hwy Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33305
Palm Beach Gardens PGA 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Drive Palm Beach Gardens FL 33410
Naples NPL 9101 Strada Place Naples FL 34108
Ponce de Leon PNC 650 Ponce de Leon Ave NE Atlanta GA 30308
Merchants Walk MER 1311 Johnson Ferry Rd NE Ste 580 Marietta GA 30068
Duluth DUL 5945 State Bridge Road Duluth GA 30097
Alpharetta ARE 1180 Upper Hembree Road Roswell GA 30076
Metcalf MET 7401 West 91st Street Overland Park KS 66212
Louisville LOU 4944 Shelbyville Rd Louisville KY 40207
Bethesda BET 5269 River Road Bethesda MD 20816
Mount Washington MTW 1330 Smith Ave. Baltimore MD 21209
Harbor East INH 1001 Fleet Street, Suite A Baltimore MD 21202
Silver Spring SSP 833 Wayne Avenue Silver Spring MD 20910
Kentlands KTL 316 Kentlands Blvd. Gaithersburg MD 20878
Annapolis ASI 200 Harker Place Ste 100 Annapolis MD 21401
Asheville ASH 70 Merrimon Ave Asheville NC 28801
Durham DRH 621 Broad Street Durham NC 27705
Raleigh RAL 3540 Wade Avenue Raleigh NC 27607
North Raleigh NRL 8710 Six Forks Rd Raleigh NC 27615
Chapel Hill CHP 81 South Elliott Rd. Chapel Hill NC 27514
Wilmington WOL 3804 Oleander Drive Wilmington NC 28403
Ashley Park- Charlette APK 6610 Fairview Rd Charlotte NC 28210
Marlton MRL 940 Route 73 North Marlton NJ 08053
Princeton PRN 3495 US Route 1 South Princeton NJ 08540
Cerrillos CER 753 Cerrillos Rd Santa Fe NM 87505
Indian School Plaza ISP 2103 Carlisle Blvd. NE Albuquerque NM 87110
Columbus Circle CIR 10 Columbus Circle, Ste. SC101 New York NY 10019
97th St UWS 808 Columbus Ave New York NY 10025
Cedar Center CTR 13998 Cedar Road University Heights OH 44118
Dublin DUB 3670 W. Dublin-Granville Road Columbus OH 43235
Laurelhurst LLH 2825 East Burnside St. Portland OR 97214
Bend BND 2610 NE Hwy 20 Bend OR 97701
Fremont FMT 3535 NE 15th Ave. Portland OR 97212
Portland PRT 1210 NW Couch Street Portland OR 97209
Hollywood HWD 4301 NE Sandy Blvd Portland OR 97213
Bridgeport BRD 7380 SW Bridgeport Rd Tigard OR 97224
Wynnewood WYN 339 East Lancaster Avenue Wynnewood PA 19096
South Street SOS 929 South Street Philadelphia PA 19147
Philadelphia - Callowhill PHL 2001 Pennsylvania Avenue Philadelphia PA 19130
Pittsburgh PTB 5880 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15206
Plymouth Meeting PLM 500 W. Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting PA 19462
Charleston CHL 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mount Pleasant SC 29464
Poplar POP 5022 Poplar Ave. Memphis TN 38117
McEwen MCW 1566 West McEwen Franklin TN 37067
Green Hills Nashville GHL 4021 Hillsboro Pike Nashville TN 37215
Park City PKC 1748 West Redstone Center Drive Park City UT 84098
Springfield SPR 8402 Old Keene Mill Road Springfield VA 22152
Reston RES 11660 Plaza America Dr. Reston VA 20190
Vienna VNA 143 Maple Avenue East Vienna VA 22180
Charlottesville CHV 1797 Hydraulic Road Charlottesville VA 22901
Short Pump SPP 11173 West Broad St. Glen Allen VA 23060
Fair Lakes FRL 4501 Market Commons Drive Fairfax VA 22033
Lynnwood LNW 2800 196th St. SW Ste. 100 Lynnwood WA 98036
Interbay INT 2001 15th Ave - West Seattle WA 98119
Westlake WSL 2210 Westlake Avenue Seattle WA 98121
Roosevelt Square RSQ 1026 NE 64th Street Seattle WA 98115
Bellevue BLV 888 116th Ave. NE Bellevue WA 98004
Redmond RMD 17991 NE Redmond Way Redmond WA 98052

For more information please call Whole Foods Market at 512-542-0060 or read the recall notice on the FDA website.