Post updated March 13, 2017, 8:50 a.m. EDT with expanded list of recalled cheeses
A fatal listeria outbreak has prompted Walton, N.Y.-based Vulto Creamery to recall its Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc soft raw-milk cheeses. Since its initial recall on March 7, Vulto has also added its Hamden, Walton Umber, Andes, and Blue Blais products to the list.
According to the CDC, six cases were reported in Connecticut, Florida, New York, and Vermont since September 1, 2016. Two people from Connecticut and Vermont died, and all six had been hospitalized. One of the reported cases involves a newborn. The CDC reports that Vulto Creamery’s products are the likely source of the outbreak based on “epidemiologic and laboratory evidence.”
The recalled cheeses were distributed nationally, but most were sold in shops in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, California, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore. Whole Foods is voluntarily recalling the Ouleout and Miranda cheeses from nine stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York. Consumers, restaurants, and retailers are advised to safely dispose of the products.
Vulto Creamery is owned by Jos Vulto, who started making cheese in 2008 out of his Brooklyn apartment. In 2010, he began building Vulto Creamery and in 2012, he produced his first legal batch. Vulto sources raw milk from local dairy farmers.