After a reported two deaths and six hospitalizations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an investigation of a listeriosis outbreak in connection with Vulto Creamery’s soft raw cheese recall.
Vulto Creamery announced its cheese recall earlier this week, stating that its Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses tested positive for Listeria monoytogenes. Though the cheeses were available nationwide, the majority of the affected products were sold in locations like California, Chicago, Portland and the District of Columbia.
Listeriosis is a serious infection caused by the ingestion of Listeria monocytogenes through contaminated food. The illness is particularly dangerous to those with weakened immune systems, as well as pregnant women, children and the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports symptoms of the listeriosis to include fever, diarrhea, muscle aches, or other gastrointestinal issues – all of which may last between a few days to a few weeks depending on the health of the individual.
The FDA’s investigation, which began on Jan. 31, uncovered laboratory evidence that the listeriosis outbreak likely began at Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York. The victims compromised by the company’s recalled cheese range in age from younger than 1 year old to 89 years old, giving it a median range of 55.
Any Vulto Creamery consumer who experiences symptoms similar to that of listeriosis should seek medical attention immediately. Vulto Creamery has ceased production of its cheese until the company and the FDA finish investigating the source of the issue.