According to a report in the news daily Heute, a batch of Gorgonzola DOP cheese from Italian manufacturer CasArrigoni has been recalled due to infection with the deadly Listeria bacterium.
Gogonzola with Denomination of Protected Origin (DOP) certification must come only from cows pastured in the Piedmont and Lombardy regions of Italy.
The Listeria bacteria has been responsible for several deaths in Austria as a result of contamination of cheese.
The cheese subject to recall was sold to cheese specialist Hinke at Vienna's Naschmarkt and Karmelitermarkt, cheese specialists Stix on a stand at the Freyung in Vienna, and through various markets in Lower Austria - Purkersdorf, St. Pölten, Tulln, Wilhelmsburg and Maria Taferl.
All batches in question were immediately withdrawn from sale. The product can be returned to the store which sold the cheese. Customers will receive the full purchase price and refund without a receipt.
Legend has it that Gorgonzola, which can be traced back to the fifteenth century, was the fruit of a romantic escapade of a cow-herder who, having abandoned his evening’s work midway to spend time in his lover’s arms, added the morning’s curd to that of the previous night creating a cheese that remains soft even when aged.
The cheese was punctured with sticks to allow it to dry out. The air channels created space for mold to grow in the cheese, giving it its signature look and flavor.
In related news, the product "Tann diced ham 150g fine", batch numbers 2144622550 (MHD: 12.12.14) were also found to contain Listeria, and are being recalled. This product was sold by the Spar supermarket in Austria.
The consumption of listeria can be dangerous. Eight people have died, between June 2009 and February 2010 in Austria and Germany after consuming Listeria-contaminated Quargel cheese from the eastern Styrian plant of the dairy company Prolactal.