Whole Foods stores in 21 states, including North and South Carolina, announced a recall Friday of Frescolina brand ricotta salata because it may be be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
That organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people or people with weakened immune systems. It also can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea and diarrhea.
The recalled cheese came from the supplier Forever Cheese Inc. and is packaged as plastic-wrapped wedges sold with the label PLU 293427.
Customers who bought the cheese can return it to the store for a refund.