Vulto Creamery’s expanded recall of raw milk cheeses has led Whole Foods Market to expand its recall to include Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber cheeses sold in eight stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
The cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
As of March 10, 2017, Vulto Creamery is reporting the particular strain of Listeria monocytogenes is responsible for 6 illnesses and 2 deaths. Whole Foods Market has not received any reports of illnesses or injuries from consumers who purchased the raw cheeses from their stores.
The expanded recall includes Vulto Creamery Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber raw milk cheeses which 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 04/02/2017.
These products were sold at the following Whole Foods Market stores: 94 Derby Street, Hingham, MA; 1255 Raritan Road Unit 150, Clark, NJ; 300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ; 238 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY; 1095 Avenue of the Americas. New York, NY; 270 Greenwich Street, New York, NY; 4 Union Square South, New York, NY; and 575 Boston Post Road, Port Chester, NY.
Consumers who have purchased any of these recalled products can bring their receipts to the store for a full refund.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections, especially in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Others 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.
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