Waimata and Longbush cheeses recalled due to possible E Coli presence

  • 06/02/2024
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The affected products have a best before date of February 28, 2024. Photo credit: Getty Images

The Waimata and Longbush brands of camembert and brie cheese are being recalled due to the possible presence of E. coli bacteria.

The affected products include the Waimata Cheese Co's 110g camembert range and Longbush's 125g brie and camembert, with a best before date of February 28, 2024.

The cheeses are sold at Countdowns in Redwoodtown, Richmond and Trafalgar Park; Fresh Choices in Nelson, Picton and Takaka; Pak'Save's in Palmerston North, Porirua and Taupō; and at Raeward Fresh in Richmond. 

Customers who have purchased the cheeses should check the date marked on the products, the Ministry for Primary Industries said.

"Affected products should not be consumed," the recall notice said. 

"There have been no reports of associated illness, however if you have consumed any of these products and have any concerns about your health, seek medical advice. Contact Waimata Cheese Company for a full refund." 

Most E. coli bacteria are harmless but it can trigger sickness, according to the Ministry of Health.

If affected, symptoms - including stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting - are often mild. 

The ministry said people who become very unwell or have a weakened immune system should see a doctor.