- Read the Recall & Advice to Consumers and Retailers>>(https://www.cdc.gov/listeria/outbreaks/soft-cheese-03-17/advice-consumers.html)
- CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections (listeriosis).
- Listeria can cause a serious, life-threatening illness.
- Six people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria have been reported from four states since September 1, 2016.
- All six people were hospitalized, and two people from Connecticut and Vermont died. One illness was reported in a newborn.
- Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicate that soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery of Walton, New York, is the likely source of this outbreak.
- Six of six people interviewed reported eating various types of soft cheeses in the month before their illness started.
- The outbreak strain of Listeria was identified in samples taken from three intact wheels of Ouleout cheese collected from Vulto Creamery.
- On March 7, 2017, Vulto Creamery recalled all lots of Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft wash-rind raw milk cheeses.
- The soft raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most being sold at retail locations in the northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states, California, Chicago, Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.
- CDC recommends that consumers do not eat, restaurants do not serve, and retailers do not sell recalled soft raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery.
- This investigation is ongoing. Updates will be provided when more information is available.