PORTLAND — Whole Foods Market is recalling Ginger Bread Houses sold in Maine and 21 other states because of the risk of food poisoning.

The recalled gingerbread houses were made by Rolf’s Patisserie of Lincolnwood, Ill., and may have been assembled, decorated and packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with a Whole Foods Market scale label; some scale labels also may list “Rolf’s Patisserie” as part of the description.

Rolf’s Patisserie products have been linked to several outbreaks of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) food poisoning. All products that were made after Nov. 1, 2010 were recalled. So far no illnesses have been reported from consumers eating the Whole Foods Market gingerbread houses.

A food item contaminated with S. aureus, the bacterium responsible for producing toxins in foods, can cause nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea. The illness usually lasts for one to two days, although severe cases may last as long as three days. However, certain individuals, such as the elderly or very young, may require medical treatment for dehydration. Consumers should not eat the gingerbread houses and should dispose of them.

Signage is posted in Whole Foods Market stores to notify customers of this recall.

Customers who have purchased any of the listed products from Whole Foods Market may return them to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Whole Foods Market at 512-542-0878 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. central standard time.