Cheese recall at Lidl: dangerous diarrhea in circulation

VTEC bacteria in Lidl cheese

A cheese that was sold at the discounter Lidl can be contaminated with dangerous diarrhea. After vero-toxin-producing E. coli bacteria were detected in the cheese, which could be particularly dangerous for infants, toddlers, seniors and people with a weakened immune system, the manufacturer launched a comprehensive recall campaign. The affected cheese should never be consumed, the warning said in a message published by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety.

The supplier Jermi Käsewerk GmbH calls back the “Brie de Nangis” cheese offered by Lidl. In the course of self-examinations, VTEC bacteria were discovered, which can cause severe, sometimes bloody diarrhea, which is often associated with abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting as well as fever. A disease with VTEC bacteria lasts an average of eight days. As a rule, there is a quick recovery. However, VTEC infection can be life-threatening for some groups of people.

Which products are affected?

The products affected are “Meine Käserei Brie de Nangis, French soft cheese made with raw milk, approx. 100 grams” with the date of minimum durability 19.01.2020 and the lot number L29513 as well as the date of minimum durability 20.01.2020 and the lot numbers L29513 and L29514. The affected products also have the identification mark DE BW 331 EG.

Where were the products sold?

According to Lidl, the possibly contaminated cheese was sold at Lidl branches in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. According to Lidl, the affected products have already been removed from the sale.

Have you already bought the cheese?

If you have already bought the cheese, you should under no circumstances consume it. Instead, the product can be returned to all Lidl branches. The purchase price will also be reimbursed without presentation of the receipt. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek


  • Lidl Digital International GmbH & Co.KG: Important customer information (accessed: December 30, 2019),
  • Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety: My cheese dairy Brie de Nangis (accessed: December 30, 2019),

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