Whole Foods Market Expands Vulto Creamery Recall Because of Public Health Risk

Caroline Beck
March 14, 2017

In response to Vulto Creamery's expanded recall of raw milk cheeses for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination over the weekend, Whole Foods Market is expanding its recall of their products. People from New York, Vermont, and Florida were affected by this infection. This outbreak was caused by a raw milk cheese product made by Vulto Creamery.

One illness was reported in a newborn baby, suggesting the mother was infected and transmitted it to her baby in the womb. 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.

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Testing results from the Food & Drug Administration and the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets identified contamination in the Ouleout product. Pregnant women can suffer miscarriages and stillbirth from this infection, even if they have mild or no symptoms. So, it's recommended that consumers do not eat any of the recalled soft raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery, and in case of accidental ingestion, look out for symptoms like fever, muscle aches and nausea that may indicate the beginning of listeria. He died after suffering a stroke 23 days after he was hospitalized with Listeria food poisoning.

The widow of a Vermont man who died after eating raw milk cheese tainted with Listeria has filed a lawsuit against manufacturer Vulto Creamery, whose contaminated product also led to a death in CT. Vulto has suspended production while the company and the FDA investigate the source of the problem.

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