Recall of Cheeses from James O’Brien Farmhouse Cheese due to the Possible Presence of Listeria monocytogenes

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Category 1:

For Action

Alert Notification:



All cheeses produced or cut by James O’Brien Farmhouse Cheese including brie, cheddar, feta, gouda and halloumi

Batch Code:

All batch codes and best before dates

Country Of Origin:



All cheeses produced or cut by James O’Brien Farmhouse Cheese are being recalled due to the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Point-of-sale recall notices will be displayed in stores supplied with the implicated products.

Nature Of Danger:

Symptoms of Listeria monocytogenes infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache and neck stiffness.  In rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications.  Some people are more vulnerable to Listeria monocytogenes infections, including pregnant women, babies, and people with weakened immune systems, including the elderly.  The incubation period (time between initial infection and first symptoms appearing) is on average 3 weeks but can range between 3 and 70 days.

Action Required:


A distribution list will be emailed to PEHOs in due course. Please notify the FSAI ( of any concerns.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Retailers are requested to remove the implicated batches from sale and to display a point-of-sale recall notice in stores where the affected cheeses was sold. 

Caterers should not use the implicated cheeses.


Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated cheeses.