Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Two deaths reported, Vulto Creamery soft raw milk cheese the likely source

Two deaths reported, Vulto Creamery soft raw milk cheese the likely source

A CT resident died after eating tainted cheese from a NY creamery, authorities said Thursday.

Listeriosis, caused by eating food contaminated with listeria bacterium, primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems and can sometimes be fatal. If you have any of this soft, wash-rind raw-milk cheese, please do not consume it.

Federal and state health officials are investigating a multistate Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has to date sickened six people in four states, including two fatalities since Sep.

Testing by the US Food & Drug Administration found Ouleout lot # 617 positive for Listeria monocytogenes and New York Department of Agriculture and Markets found possible contamination of Ouleout lot #623. Two deaths and six hospitalizations have been reported since September 1 in Connecticut, Florida, New York and Vermont.

The New York creamery subsequently recalled other cheeses, including Miranda, Heinennelli and Willowemoc.

Consumers should not eat the recalled soft raw milk cheeses. In pregnant women, the disease can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and serious illness or death in newborn babies.

After being informed of a positive test conducted by the FDA on a retail sample of Ouleout cheese, Vulto began contacting customers on March 3, asking that they return the product.

Stores including Whole Foods have issued their own recalls related to the products in multiple states including NY, where the bulk of the outbreaks-though not the deaths-have occurred. These soft, raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide mostly in the Norheastern and Mid-Atlantic states and in California, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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