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Business Digest: Whole Foods recalls cheeses over Listeria fears


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Whole Foods recalls cheeses over Listeria fears

Listeria concerns have prompted Austin-based Whole Foods Market to voluntarily recall cheeses sold at eight of its stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

The Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber raw milk cheeses, produced by Vulto Creamery, have been linked to at least six illnesses and two deaths, the FDA said.

Vulto Creamery products are available at a number of retailers, and the illnesses and deaths reported so far have not been connected to cheeses purchased from Whole Foods, the FDA said.

According to the FDA: “Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals 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.”

The recalled products have PLU codes 0200307, 0201357 or 0206308 and “sell by” dates from Jan. 2 to April 2, 2017.

The cheeses can be returned to Whole Foods for a full refund.

Consumers with questions can call (607) 222-3995 or email vultocreamery@gmail.com.

There have been a number of reported listeria cases involving food products in recent years, including a 2015 recall involving Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries.

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Gander Mountain closing 3 Central Texas stores

Struggling outdoors retailer Gander Mountain will close 32 of its 162 stores nationwide.

A third of them are in Texas, including three in Central Texas.

The Central Texas locations are:

  • 3203 S. Interstate 35, Round Rock
  • 701 E. Central Texas Expy., Killeen
  • 2701 S. Jack Kultgen Expy., Waco

The remaining Texas stores set to close include several in the Houston area and one in San Antonio.

Gander Mountain filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month, saying it would shutter “underperforming” stores to help reduce expenses.

REAL ESTATE

More apartments coming to East Riverside

A 353-unit luxury apartment complex has broken ground on East Riverside Drive, an area that experts say is one of the city’s hottest real estate corridors.

The project, named the Edison, will be built at 4711 E. Riverside Drive near South Pleasant Valley Road. The developer is Presidium Group, which has offices in Dallas and Austin. Presidium owns other properties in the East Riverside area, where it has been active, and elsewhere in Austin.

Presidium officials said the Edison will have amenities including a pool, a fenced dog park, grilling stations and a fitness center. Presidium said the complex also will have water- and energy-saving features, including low-flow toilets and on-site rainwater collection. Presidium plans to install a rooftop solar system once construction is completed. The first apartments are expected to be ready in the spring of 2018.

WALL STREET

Stocks mostly steady at start of busy week

NEW YORK — Stocks held steady in a calm day of trading Monday, but the storm may be coming.

This upcoming week is full of events that could swing markets: The Federal Reserve may raise interest rates, more countries around the world may move to shake up the economic status quo and several high-profile updates on the U.S. economy are due.

That’s all in the near future, though. Monday’s calendar was decidedly light, and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index flipped between modest gains and losses before closing at 2,373.47, up just 0.87 points, just 0.04 percent. It remains within 1 percent of its record, which was set earlier this month.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 21.50 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,881.48. The Nasdaq rose 14.06 points, or 0.2 percent, to 5,875.78. Three stocks rose for every two that fell on the New York Stock Exchange.



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