Hospitalizations in NY and Vermont Prompt Cheese Recall Over Listeria Concerns

Posted March 10, 2017

The raw milk cheeses being recalled are Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie and Willowemoc cheeses.

The founder of Vulto Creamery, Jos Vulto, was an artist who moved to NY from the Netherlands.

Federal officials say the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium linked to the outbreak likely originated from a soft raw milk cheese named Ouleout (OH'-lee-owt) made by Vulto Creamery in Walton, New York. If you have any of this soft, wash-rind raw-milk cheese, please do not consume it. According to the company's website, Vulto "had been making cheese in his apartment for about 5 years, aging it under the Brooklyn sidewalk". These soft, raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide mostly in the Norheastern and Mid-Atlantic states and in California, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis). Also contributing to the recall was "possible contamination" of Ouleout lot number 623, according to the recall notice.

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Healthy individuals may experience short-term symptoms including fever, severe headache, nausea, stiffness, abdominal pain and diarrhea, but the infection can also cause miscarriages, stillbirths and fetal infection.

Six (100%) of six people reported eating a soft cheese.

Retailers and customers who have recalled cheese should throw it away.