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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) - Whole Foods Market is recalling a brand of cheese due to a possible risk of Listeria contamination.

The Austin-based company is recalling Trois Comtois Morbier cheese in locations throughout the country due to a recall by Trois Comtois in Poligny, France.

The cheese has potential for listeria monocytogenes contamination, “an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled Trois Comtois Morbier cheese comes in wheels that weigh approximately 11 lbs each, but are cut and wrapped in varying weights and are labeled with a Whole Foods Market scale label.

Here’s a breakdown of how the cheese was labeled, including PLU code, according to the state in which it was sold. This recall includes all “best by” dates sold in Whole Foods Market stores in the states listed below:

In Texas, the cheese was labeled as Morbier Raw Milk.

In other Whole Foods locations, the cheese was packaged under the following names:

Ohio, Virginia and Washington D.C.: Morbier AOC Le Trois

Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin: Morbier Raw Milk French Cheese

Oklahoma, Louisiana, Hawaii, Arizona and southern California: Morbier Raw Milk

Northern California and the Reno Nevada store: Morbier Les Trois Comtois

To date, no illnesses have been reported to Whole Foods in connection with the cheese.

Whole Foods is not the only U.S. purchaser of the cheese and it may also be found in other grocery stores or restaurants.

At least on person died and many more were sickened after an outbreak of a Listeria bacterial infection earlier this summer. In response, Whole Foods Market Inc. recalled Crave Brothers Les Freres cheese in July.

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