ALERT – On March 10, 2017, Vulto Creamery expanded its recall to include four additional cheeses that could be deadly if eaten.
According to the CDC, the following cheeses have been recalled due to a dangerous Listeriosis outbreak:
- Blue Blais
- Walton Umber
These cheeses, so far as we know, have been linked to possible Listeria Monocytogenes contaminations. The FDA and CDC have urged consumers to avoid these types of cheese until the issue is sorted out.
An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die.
The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.
In case you already consumed these cheeses recently, here is a list of symptoms to watch out for, according to WebMD:
“The symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur. But infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness.”
In addition to this, WebMD also gives advice on how to prevent and avoid listeriosis:
- Shop safely. Bag raw meat, poultry, or fish separately from other food items. Drive home immediately after finishing your shopping so that you can store all foods properly.
- Prepare foods safely. Wash your hands before and after handling food. Also wash them after using the bathroom or changing diapers. Wash fresh fruits and vegetables by rinsing them well with running water. If possible, use two cutting boards-one for fresh produce and the other for raw meat, poultry, and seafood. You can also wash your knives and cutting boards in the dishwasher to disinfect them.
- Follow labels on food packaging. Food packaging labels provide information about when to use the food and how to store it. Reading food labels and following safety instructions will reduce your chance of becoming ill with food poisoning.
- When in doubt, throw it out. If you are not sure whether a food is safe, don’t eat it. Reheating food that is contaminated will not make it safe. Don’t taste suspicious food. It may smell and look fine but still may not be safe to eat.
So far the outbreak has been linked to four main states, primarily Connecticut and Vermont, though. Hopefully this will be the end of this new outbreak, but who knows—if the public stays uninformed, it could spread due to unaware consumers.
If you know someone who likes to eat cheese, please share this article! We don’t want anymore people getting seriously ill or possibly dying.