Listeria fears prompt recall of cheeses sold at Whole Foods


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 massive 2015 recall involving Brenham-based Blue Bell Creameries.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Top Local Business Stories of the Week
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

UT STUDY UT System graduates earn more, but major and campus matters, study finds: Workers who received bachelor’s degrees from University of Texas System schools tend to earn more than their peers who graduated from other Texas or U.S. universities, with choice of major exerting the most influence on future earnings, according to a study released...
Up the Ladder

Health care Ascension Healthcare has named Craig Cordola senior vice president of Ascension Healthcare and ministry market executive for Ascension Texas. Ascension operates the Seton Healthcare Family, including Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. Law firms Peckar & Abramson has named Karla Pascarella partner in its Austin office...
BUSINESS DIGEST: Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen

AUTOMAKERS Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen BERLIN — German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the technology. Audi, the luxury brand of...
EXCLUSIVE: Another high-rise set for Austin’s Rainey Street district
EXCLUSIVE: Another high-rise set for Austin’s Rainey Street district

Amid continued demand for downtown living, an Austin developer plans to build a residential high-rise in the Rainey Street area where a number of apartment and condominium projects have risen over the past decade. The project is proposed for 48 East Street, which formerly housed law offices and now has tenants leasing space on a short-term basis. Lee...
EXCLUSIVE: Another high-rise set for Austin’s Rainey Street district
EXCLUSIVE: Another high-rise set for Austin’s Rainey Street district

Amid continued demand for downtown living, an Austin developer plans to build a residential high-rise in the Rainey Street area where a number of apartment and condominium projects have risen over the past decade. The project is proposed for 48 East Street, which formerly housed law offices and now has tenants leasing space on a short-term basis. Lee...
More Stories