Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
Industry | By Faith Ward

CT resident dies after sickened by listeria; DPH investigating multi-state outbreak

CT resident dies after sickened by listeria; DPH investigating multi-state outbreak

SoyNut Butter Company has expanded a recall to include all varieties of its butters and granola products, as they may have been contaminated with E. coli, and Vulto Creamery is recalling raw milk cheeses.

The breakdown of cases by state are as follows: NY (3), CT (1), Florida (1) and Vermont (1).

The CDC recommends that restaurants do not serve and retailers do not sell recalled soft raw milk cheeses made by Vulto Creamery.

Officials say Vulto's cheeses were sold at a Whole Foods in Fairfield, Connecticut, and potentially at specialty cheese shops around the state.

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health is involved in investigating the multi-state outbreak of listeria monocytogenes, it said Thursday in a release. The people sickened by the cheese range in age frmo 0 to 89. One illness was reported in a newborn; one death occurred in CT and another in Vermont. If you have any of this soft, wash-rind raw-milk cheese, please do not consume it.

The Department of Public Health is investigating after confirming Thursday that a CT resident had died after eating recalled cheese.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, pregnant women, and others with a weakened immune systems. These soft, raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide mostly in the Norheastern and Mid-Atlantic states and in California, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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