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Listeria fears prompt recall of cheeses sold at Whole Foods

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Whole Foods is recalling some raw milk cheeses sold in three states. Listeria concerns have prompted Austin-based Whole Foods Market to voluntarily recall cheeses sold at eight of its stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

The Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber raw milk cheeses, produced by Vulto Creamery, have been linked to at least six illnesses and two deaths the FDA said. Vulto Creamery products are available at a number of retailers, and the illnesses and deaths reported so far have not been connected to cheeses purchased from Whole Foods, the FDA said.

According to the FDA: “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection among pregnant women.”

The recalled products have PLU codes 0200307, 0201357 or 0206308 and “sell by” dates from Jan. 2 to April 2, 2017.

The cheeses can be returned to Whole Foods for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can call (607) 222-3995 or email vultocreamery@gmail.com

 

There have been a number of reported listeria cases involving food products in recent years, including a massive 2015 recall involving Brenham-Based Blue Bell Creameries.

#FACTS Blue Bell Didn’t Originally Make Ice Cream. It wasn’t called Blue Bell, either. When the company we now know as Blue Bell Creameries opened its doors in Brenham, Texas in 1907, it was the Brenham Creamery Company, a cooperative that didn’t have any intention of making ice cream. Instead, the company set out to conquer the Texas butter market.

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