Cambridge Food Company recalls Baronet Cheese after Listeria Death

Recalled on: 23 March 2023

The Cambridge Food Company Limited has recalled The Old Cheese Room Baronet and Baby Baronet Soft Cheeses because high levels of Listeria monocytogenes have been found in some batches of the products.

The affected products are in a 1 kg pack and 200g pack, with the following Best Before dates:

 The Old Cheese Room Baronet – 1 kg packThe Old Cheese Room Baby Baronet – 200g pack
Affected best before dates:21 March 2023
22 March 2023
11 April 2023
12 April 2023
16 April 2023
18 April 2023
04 April 2023
10 April 2023

The presence of listeria should be considered fairly serious, and consumption of these products should be strictly avoided.

One death in the UK has already resulted from consumption of this contaminated product. This risk should be treated as urgent and deadly by stores and customers.

Listeria infection is an illness caused by eating food contaminated by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria infection, also known as listeriosis is uncommon but can cause death in at-risk people such as the elderly and people with a compromised immune system.

The symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea.  You also may have a stiff neck, headache, confusion, or loss of balance.

Symptoms may appear as late as 2 months after you have eaten something contaminated with Listeria. Listeria may continue to infect products despite their continued and sufficient refrigeration. The listeria bacteria can grow at cold temperatures. Even freezing does not kill the listeria.

The listeria bacteria are most commonly found in cold meats that have not been properly processed, or in dairy products.

Some people are more vulnerable to listeria infections, including those over 65 years of age, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.

Usually, the symptoms of listeriosis subside on their own, in time, but in rare cases, the infection can be more severe, causing serious complications, such as meningitis. As soon as any symptoms appear, it is advised to seek professional medical advice and for a doctor to prescribe a course of antibiotics.

Action taken by the company

Point of sale notices are being displayed where the products were sold. These notices explain to customers why the products are being recalled and tell them what to do if they have bought the products.

If you have bought any of the above products do not eat them. Instead, contact The Cambridge Food Company Limited to organise collection and receive a full refund by emailing