On March 11, 2017, Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York, expanded its product recall to include four more potentially Listeria contaminated raw milk cheese types. The expanded recall includes all lots of Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden, and Walton Umber. To date, Vulto Creamery has recalled the following eight cheeses: Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden, Heinennellie, Miranda, Ouleout, Walton Umber, and Willowemoc for potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. If a pregnant woman experiences a Listeria infection, bacteria may cross the placenta causing a miscarriage, premature delivery, still birth, or an infection in the new born. Persons not belonging to one of these high risk demographic groups can also experience a severe case of listeriosis.
Listeria Contaminated Raw Milk Cheese Recall Product Information
The initial Vulto Creamery Cheese Recall was announced on March 7, 2017. The recalled raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most being sold at retail locations in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States; California; Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, DC.
Consumers should not consume the recalled Vulto Creamery cheeses. Food and cheese wholesalers and retailers should not distribute, sell, or serve the recalled Vulto Creamery soft, wash-rind raw milk cheeses.
Listeria Contaminated Raw Milk Cheese Outbreak Investigation
In its Vulto Creamery Listeria Outbreak report dated March 9, 2017, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that six people were infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria by state as follows: Connecticut (1), Florida (1), New York (3), and Vermont (1). The CDC reported that all six patients, including one infant, required hospitalization as a result of their illness. Two of the outbreak victims, 1 in Vermont and 1 in Connecticut, suffered fatal Listeria infections.
The FDA and the New York Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services, have identified the outbreak strain of Listeria in cheese samples taken from three intact wheels of Vulto Creamery Ouleout cheese, confirming Ouleout product contamination. In addition, leftover cheese, collected by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, from the deceased person’s home in Connecticut tested positive for the outbreak strain of Listeria. The family identified the product as Ouleout cheese from Vulto Creamery.
Vulto Creamery Listeria Lawsuit Help
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