Capricorn Goat Cheese Recalled Due to Listeria Monocytogenes

Recalled on: 28 April 2023

Lactalis McLelland Ltd has taken the precautionary step of recalling various goat cheeses because the products might contain Listeria monocytogenes. The warning comes after one person died from Listeriosis after consuming the cheese in March 2023.

Product details

Cricket St. Thomas Capricorn Goat Cheese
Pack size100g
Use by26 May 2023
Somerset Capricorn Goat Cheese
Pack size100g
Use by26 May 2023
Somerset Capricorn Goat Cheese
Pack size85g
Use by26 May 2023
Co-op Goats Cheese
Pack size85g
Use by26 May 2023

Risk statement

The products listed above might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. No other Lactalis McLelland products are affected.


Listeria infection is an illness caused by eating food contaminated by the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Listeria infection, also known as listeriosis is not common but can cause death in at-risk groups like the elderly, pregnant women and their unborn babies, babies less than one month old and people with weakened immune systems.

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

The symptoms caused by this organism can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick (vomiting) and diarrhoea.  In more severe cases of the infection, you may also may have a stiff neck, headache, confusion, or loss of balance.

Note that symptoms of listeriosis may appear as late as 2 months after you have eaten something contaminated with listeria, so you need to be aware of this.

Listeria may continue to infect products despite their continued and sufficient refrigeration. The listeria bacteria can grow even at cold temperatures. Even freezing does not kill the listeria.

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

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

The company said, “as consumer safety is our top priority, we are recalling one batch of the
products mentioned above as a precautionary measure due to a small risk that these products may contain Listeria. If you have purchased the above products with a Use by Date of 26 May 2023, do not eat them, instead return them to the store where you bought them for a full refund.”

No proof of purchase will be necessary. The company apologises that it has been necessary to recall this product, and for the inconvenience caused.

So far, Lactalis McLelland products have been withdrawn from Tesco, Co-Op and Waitrose.

Useful resources

For further information of food allergen symptoms and how soon they appear after eating see

Where to find allergen information on pre-packed labelled food


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