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FDA report shows cheese maker knew of Listeria in facility

Two dead in Listeria outbreak traced to raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York

The owner of Vulto Creamery, whose raw milk cheese has killed at least two people in a multi-state Listeria outbreak, had been getting positive results for the pathogen from his equipment and production plant for at least 20 months before he initiated a recall in March. Inspections of Johannes H. Vulto’s cheese-making operation in Walton,… Continue Reading

Raw milk still looking for wins as legislative season nears end

Legislatures in almost a dozen states this year are considering whether to permit sales in one form or another of raw milk, which public health officials say is dangerous because it has not been pasteurized to remove harmful pathogens. But as many of those sessions wind down, it doesn’t look like there will be many raw milk… Continue Reading

2 dead in multi-state Listeria outbreak traced to Vulto cheese

Two people are dead and four others are confirmed sick with a strain of Listeria monocytogenes found in cheese made from unpasteurized raw milk. Vulto Creamery is recalling the cheese from retailers and distributors nationwide. It’s been more than five months since the first outbreak victim became sick on Sept. 1, 2016, but federal officials… Continue Reading

Vulto Creamery recalls raw milk cheeses because of Listeria

Vulto Creamery initiated a nationwide recall Tuesday of all lots of four types of its raw milk cheeses and stopped production at its Walton, NY, plant because the FDA found Listeria monocytogenes in one of the products. The recall is for all lots of Vulto Creamery’s Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk… Continue Reading

Warning: Staph found in Stone Meadow Farm raw milk cheese

Pennsylvania officials are warning consumers who have purchased certain raw milk cheeses from Stone Meadow Farm to discard them immediately because samples from the dairy have tested positive for the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus. Inspectors from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture collected samples at the dairy in Centre County on Dec. 12. The cheeses were made… Continue Reading

FDA warns against Apple Tree goat cheeses because of Listeria

A federal consumer advisory warns the public against eating goat cheese products made by Apple Tree Goat Dairy of Richfield, PA, because Listeria monocytogenes has been confirmed in the company’s products and production facility. The cheeses were sold in Washington D.C. and Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia through the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative and… Continue Reading

Creamery recalls cheeses linked to at least 100 Salmonella cases

The Chapel Hill Creamery in Chapel Hill, NC, is recalling all of its cheese products because they have been linked to a growing Salmonella outbreak in North Carolina and elsewhere. A local county health officer said Thursday that the outbreak has sickened at least 50 people in North Carolina and about the same number in other states, and that it’s the… Continue Reading

FDA ‘pauses’ non-toxigenic E. coli tests for cheese, including raw milk cheese

The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily suspended its cheese testing program for non-toxigenic E. coli, partly in response to complaints from proponents of raw milk and related products. “Recently, cheesemakers have raised concerns suggesting that the FDA is applying safety criteria that may, in effect, limit the production of raw milk cheese without demonstrably benefitting… Continue Reading

Vermont’s Members of Congress Defend Raw Milk Cheese

Vermont’s congressional delegation is upset with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over the agency’s recommendations for the allowable level of a certain bacteria in raw milk cheese. According to Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the new edition of the FDA Compliance Program Guidance Manual released earlier… Continue Reading

FDA Seeking Information on Raw Milk Cheese

On Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) started collecting public comments on cheese made from unpasteurized milk. Agency officials want any information or scientific data that would help them identify and evaluate measures that might minimize the impact of pathogens in raw milk cheese. The action is partly based on the findings from… Continue Reading