Another popular cheese company has issued a national recall on many of its cheeses. Vulto Creamery out of Walton, New York, has recently expanded its original recall to include “all lots of four additional cheeses” due to an “ongoing Listeria outbreak that has killed two people” so far. With the additional four kinds of cheese, the Vulto Creamery recall now includes eight different cheeses.
Another popular cheese company has issued a national recall on many of its cheeses. Vulto Creamery out of Walton, New York, has recently expanded its original recall to include “all lots of four additional cheeses” due to an “ongoing Listeria outbreak that has killed two people” so far. With the additional four kinds of cheese, the recall now includes eight different cheeses, including the following:
- Blue Blais
- Walton Umber
The company’s recall is nationwide because their raw milk cheeses have been distributed across the country, primarily to “retail locations in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, California, Chicago, Portland, OR, and Washington D.C.” But what product, in particular, was listeria found in? Was it detected in all eight of the recalled cheeses? Well, not exactly. The cheeses were recalled because of potential contamination. However, testing results from the FDA and the “New York Department of Agriculture and Markets identified contamination in the Ouleout product.” According to the CDC, the particular strain of listeria found in the Ouleout cheese product “matched the strain isolated from six ill people, including two who died, as well as a listeria strain confirmed in an open package of Vulto cheese from a victim’s home.”
Because of the severity of the situation, consumers who have any of the recalled Vulto Creamery products should either return them for a refund or dispose of them immediately. Retailers selling the products should remove them from their shelves and quarantine them in a “secured area of a cooler.” Additionally, any “wholesaler or distributor that has any of the eight recalled Vulto Creamery cheeses should contact Vulto Creamery to receive instructions on what to do with the cheese.” According to the expanded recall notice, “no recalled cheese should be destroyed until Vulto Creamery has been notified and agrees.”
As a result of the recall, the production and distribution of the recalled products have “been suspended while FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the problem.” Until further notice, consumers who have consumed any of the recalled products and develop symptoms of a listeria infection should seek medical attention immediately. It should be noted, though, that it “can take up to 70 days after exposure for symptoms to develop.” Symptoms include high fevers, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. “Young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems” are especially vulnerable.