Saint-Marcellin and Saint-Félicien cheeses have been recalled, as 13 children have been contaminated with E.Coli.
Fromagerie Alpine has set up a number to call if you are worried: 04 75 70 01 01.
The Saint-Marcellin and Saint-Félicien cheeses have been marketed throughout France under several brands, including those of distributors: Carrefour, Lecclerc, Lidl, and Auchan.
The health authorities have recalled them as a precaution.
“Thirteen cases of haemolytic uremic syndrome (kidney complications) due to an infection with Escherichia coli type O26 have occurred in young children”, since March 21, in several regions, said the Ministries of Health and Agriculture in a joint statement.
“Many of these children have consumed Saint-Félicien and Saint-Marcellin cheeses before the onset of their symptoms,” according to preliminary results of investigations aimed at identifying the source of contamination at the origin of these cases.
Among these children, “three would have a possible link” with the consumption of cheeses made by Fromagerie Alpine, in Romans-sur-Isère (Drôme).
The cheeses recalled and manufactured by the cheese factory have been marketed under various brands (Fromagerie Alpine, Carrefour, Reflet de France, Leclerc, Lidl, Auchan, Rochambeau, Prince des bois, Sonnailles et Préalpin).
Health authorities remind people who have consumed the products and have “symptoms such as diarrhoea, abdominal pain or vomiting” need to consult their doctor as soon as possible.