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March 11, 2017: Potential For Additional Listeria Contaminated Raw Milk Cheese Products Prompts Expanded Vulto Creamery Recall

On March 11, 2017, Vulto Creamery, Walton, New York, expanded its 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. In total, Vulto Creamery has recalled the following eight types of cheese: Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden, Heinennellie, Miranda, Ouleout, Walton Umber, and Willowemoc for potential Listeria 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 Information

Listeria contaminated raw milk cheese - image of recalled Andes cheese.

Recalled Vulto Creamery Andes Cheese

Listeria contaminated soft cheese - image of recallled Hamden cheese

Recalled Vulto Creamery Hamden Cheese

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 have been 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. Two of the outbreak victims, 1 in Connecticut and 1 in Vermont, suffered fatal infections.

The New York Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services, and the FDA 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

Please see Food Poisoning Lawyers NY and NJ to learn more about Attorney Eric H. Weinberg and The Weinberg Law Firm. If you or a loved one has been injured in the current Listeria food poisoning outbreak linked to the Vulto Creamery Cheese Recall, and you would like more information regarding your legal rights, please call our firm toll free at 877-934-6274. Our phones are answered 24/7.

Please see the following articles related to the Vulto Creamery Listeria Outbreak:

March 7, 2017: Vulto Creamery Cheese Recall
March 8, 2017: Whole Foods Market Cheese Recall
March 9, 2017: Vulto Creamery Listeria Outbreak

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