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ALERT! DEADLY Cheese Recall Expanded As New States Are Added To List, Is Yours One Of Them?

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating a multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery that has reportedly lead to two deaths and six hospitalizations since September in Connecticut, Florida, New York and Vermont.

Listeriosis is a serious infection generally caused by contaminated food and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

Vulto Creamery announced a recall of its Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses on Tuesday. The cheeses had been distributed nationwide, with most selling in the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic states; California; Chicago; Portland, Oregon; and the District of Columbia.

On Saturday, Vulto expanded its recall to include Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden and Walton Umber cheeses, which were distributed nationwide. No additional sicknesses have been reported due to these cheeses.

The cheese is largely sold at Whole Foods and specialty cheese shops. On Monday, Whole Foods recalled the product at these locations:

  • 1255 Raritan Road Unit 150, Clark, NJ
  • 300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ
  • 238 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY
  • 1095 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY
  • 270 Greenwich St., New York, NY
  • 4 Union Square South, New York, NY
  • 575 Boston Post Road, Port Chester, NY
  • 1255 Raritan Road Unit 150, Clark, NJ
  • 300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ
  • 94 Derby Street, Hingham, MA

Consumers should not eat the recalled soft raw milk cheeses. Restaurants and retailers have also been warned against serving or selling these products.

The FDA, working with the CDC and public health officials in several states, found laboratory evidence indicating that the outbreak probably began at Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York.

The people made ill by the cheese ranged in age from less than 1-year-old to 89 years old, with a median age of 55.

The two reported deaths occured in Connecticut and Vermont.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced Thursday it’s investigating with federal officials and agencies in other states. And in Vermont, the widow of a man who died has filed a lawsuit against the New York creamery that made it.

Listeria monocytogenes cause symptoms that may include fever, muscle aches, diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Symptoms appear a few days or up to a few weeks after eating the contaminated food. Healthy people made sick by the bacteria often suffer only short-term symptoms, such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

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