France: Listeria infections reported linked to Jay & Joy vegetable alternatives to cheese


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The French Ministry of Health published the following press release Recently (computer translated) regarding cases of listeriosis:

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Health authorities have been informed of 5 serious cases of listeriosis in France, including 4 in pregnant women who delivered prematurely. These five people, infected with the same strain Listeria Symptoms were reported between April and December 2022.

The investigations were carried out jointly by Public Health France (SpFrance), the National Reference Center (CNR) Listeria, the Directorate General for Food (DGAl) and the Directorate General for Competition, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Prevention (DGCCRF) and in coordination with the Directorate General of Health (DGS), determined that the cases reported on the territory Wataniya had consumed in the preceding weeks listeriosis vegetable specialties (cheese substitutes) with almond milk, walnuts and cashews manufactured and marketed under the Jay & Joy brand.

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These investigations revealed irregularities in the company, particularly with regard to monitoring the risk of microbiological contamination of products manufactured within the factory. Accordingly, the prefectural order, which aims to suspend the marketing of all products stored and manufactured at the factory, was issued on January 16, 2023.

JAY & JOY has initiated a recall and recall of all products manufactured by the company on January 14, 2023.

Details of the products involved in the withdrawal are available at . Holders of these products are requested not to consume them and to return them to the point of sale where they were purchased.

Listeriosis is a serious foodborne infection caused by bacteria Listeria monocytogenes . The incubation period can be up to 8 weeks. It can lead to sepsis or infection of the central nervous system. More than 80% of cases of listeriosis occur in people who are at risk: pregnant women and newborns, people over 65 years of age, immunocompromised people, etc. In pregnant women, it can cause miscarriage, premature delivery, or serious infections in newborns. Although the disease is still relatively rare in France (300 to 400 cases of invasive listeriosis are recorded by Public Health France each year), it is the second The cause of foodborne deaths in France.

At this point, epidemiological and microbiological surveillance measures are carried out by SpFrance and the CNR Listeria of the Pasteur Institute are continuing.

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