July 28, 2017

Vulto Creamery Raw Milk Cheese Listeriosis Outbreak Over

The multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Vulto Creamery soft raw milk cheese is over, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In all, eight people were sickened in four states. That is an increase of two more cases since the last update on March 13, 2017; both of those patients live in New York. All eight people were hospitalized because of their illness, and two people died, one from Connecticut and one from Vermont. One illness was reported in a newborn. The CDC is still recommending that consumers do not eat, restaurants do not serve, and retailers do not sell recalled raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery. The raw milk cheeses from the Creamery were distributed nationwide. But most were sold at retail locations in the northeastern and … [Read more...]

Raw Milk Products Cause 840 Times More Illness Than Pasteurized Milk

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Emerging Infectious Diseases report for June 2017, unpasteurized milk products cause 840 times more illness and 45 times more hospitalizations than pasteurized milk products. Only about 3.2% of the population consume raw milk, and 1.6% of consumers eat raw cheese, but those products cause 96% of the illnesses linked to contaminated dairy products in this country. The number of states that allow raw milk sales increased to 30 in 2011, from 21 in 2004. Consumption of unpasteurized dairy products is becoming more popular, and this raises public health concerns. The bacteria in these products that have caused serious illness and death include E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Listeria monocytogenes. This increase … [Read more...]

Vulto Raw Cheese Listeria Outbreak: FDA’s Form 483 Released

The FDA has released Form 483 in their investigation of the Vulto Creamery raw cheese Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. That form is used when problems are found at a food facility. The creamery was inspected by government officials from 2/28/2017 - 3/22/2017.  In all, Form 483 states that there were 15 observations where an issue was found during the FDA inspections. In the CDC's investigation of that multistate listeriosis outbreak, there were six people sickened by products made at that creamery. All of those six people were hospitalized. Two people from Connecticut and Vermont died, and one illness was reported in a newborn. The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes bacteria was found in samples taken from three intact wheels of Ouleout cheese collected from Vulto Creamery. … [Read more...]

How do Babies Contract Listeriosis?

In some Listeria monocytogenes food poisoning outbreaks, we tell you that infants contracted this infection. In the current listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled Vulto Creamery raw milk cheese, one of the illnesses was reported in a newborn baby. Since babies do not consume raw cow's milk or eat raw cheeses or unpasteurized juices, the most common vectors for this pathogenic bacteria, how do they get sick? Short answer: their mother was sick. When a woman eats food contaminated with this pathogenic bacteria, she can pass the infection to the fetus. And if the fetus survives, since listeriosis can cause miscarriage and stillbirth, they can be born with this infection. In the Bidart Brothers' caramel apple Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, 35 illnesses occurred in pregnant women. … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Expands Listeria Vulto Creamery Cheese Recall

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. These cheese were sold in eight stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. As of March 10, 2017, Vulto Creamery is reporting that the bacteria is responsible for six illnesses and two deaths. But Whole Foods Market has not received any reports of illness or injuries from customers who purchased the raw cheeses from their stores. The recall expansion includes Vulto Creamery Andes, Hamden, and Walton Umber raw milk cheeses. They were cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels beginning with PLU codes 0200307, 0201357 or 0206308 and "sell by" dates from 01/02/2017 to … [Read more...]

History of Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreaks Linked to Cheese

Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks don't occur very often. About 1,600 Americans are sickened every year by this pathogenic bacteria. But when they do occur people are seriously sickened and some die. So how many listeriosis outbreaks have been linked to cheeses? In the last five years, there have been six outbreaks linked to cheese products caused  by this pathogenic bacteria. In five of the outbreaks, the cheeses were made from pasteurized milk, but were contaminated after that process. In the current outbreak, the cheeses were made from raw, or unpasteurized, milk. Most of these outbreaks are linked to soft cheeses. In 2015, a listeriosis outbreak linked to soft cheeses produced by Karoun Dairies of California sickened 30 people in 10 states, killing three and causing one … [Read more...]

Vulto Expands Recall of Raw Milk Cheeses for Listeria

Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York, has voluntarily expanded their recall of raw milk cheeses after their Ouleout cheese was linked to a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. Six people have been sickened in this outbreak so far, and two of those patients have died. The previous recall included Heinnenellie, Miranda, Willowemoc, and Ouleout raw milk cheeses. The new recall adds Andes, Blue Blais, Hamden, and Walton Umber to the list. You can see pictures of the recalled cheeses on the FDA website along with product descriptions. These raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most sold at retail locations in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and California. They were also sold in Chicago, Illinois; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, D.C. We don't know the dates of … [Read more...]

FDA On Vulto Creamery Ouleout Cheese Listeria Outbreak

The FDA has released information about its investigation into the deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to recalled Vulto raw milk soft cheeses. Ouleout cheese from that dairy in Walton, New York has been identified as the "likely source" of the outbreak that has sickened six people in four states. Two of those six people have died. The FDA, CDC, and state government agencies have been investigating this outbreak since January 31, 2017. Ouleout cheese from Vulto Creamery tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria in early March, and the company began contacting its customers, asking them to return the product. On March 7, 2017, Vulto recalled that cheese along with Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc cheese varieties. Then, on March 8, 2017, the FDA was told that … [Read more...]

Whole Foods Recalled Vulto Creamery Cheese

The listeriosis outbreak linked to recalled Vulto washed-rind raw milk cheeses has sickened six people in four states. Two people have died in this outbreak. All six patients were hospitalized, including a newborn baby who was diagnosed with listeriosis. And there's a mystery in this Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. We don't know exactly where the recalled cheeses that caused these illnesses were sold. The Vulto Creamery cheese has been linked to the outbreak through whole genome sequencing, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, and epidemiological evidence. Labs in two states found the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes in Ouleout cheese. The New York Division of Milk Control and Dairy Services took three intact wheels of that type of cheese from the Vulto Creamery during an … [Read more...]

Two Dead, Six Ill in Vulto Raw Milk Cheese Listeria Outbreak

The CDC has announced a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak is linked to soft raw milk cheese produced by Vulto Creamery in Walton, New York. Two people have died and six are sickened in this outbreak. The case count by state is: New York (3), Florida (1), Vermont (1), and Connecticut (1). Illnesses began on September 1, 2016. All six patients were hospitalized. One person from Connecticut and one person from Vermont died. One illness was reported in a newborn. Infants can be born with Listeria monocytogenes infections when their mothers eat products contaminated with the bacteria. The bacteria can pass through the placenta because the mother's immune system response attacks the placenta. The outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes was identified in samples taken from three intact … [Read more...]

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