Festus iyorah – Fourth Estate Contributor
Walton, NY, United States (4E) – Whole Foods Market is voluntarily expanding its recall to include Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber cheeses because the cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.
Listeria 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.
Vulto Creamery is reporting the particular strain of Listeria responsible for 6 illnesses and 2 deaths; however, Whole Foods Market has not received any reports of illnesses or injuries from consumers who purchased the raw cheeses from their stores.
This recall expansion includes Vulto Creamery Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber raw milk cheeses which were cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels beginning with PLU codes 0200307, 0201357 or 0206308.
The product was sold in eight stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
Consumers who have purchased any of these recalled products can bring their receipts to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions should call 607-222-3995 during our normal hours of operations (Monday-Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm ET) or email.
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