FDA investigating listeria deaths linked to recalled cheese

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Cheese from the Vulto Creamery of Walton, N.Y. is being linked to an outbreak of listeria that's led to two deaths.

According to the FDA, at least six people from four states became sick from the outbreak. Those states include Connecticut, Florida, New York and Vermont.

Their ages range from less than a year to 89.

Two of those people died; all six were hospitalized.

Ouleout soft cheese from Vulto was "identified as the likely source of the outbreak."

"Anyone who experiences fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, or develops fever and chills after eating any of the recalled products listed below, should seek medical care. Symptoms can appear from a few days up to a few weeks after consumption of the contaminated food."

People at high-risk include those ith weakened immune systems, the elderly, pregnant women, and young children.

If you have any of the products, the FDA recommends:

  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling food.
  • Wash the inside walls and shelves of the refrigerator, cutting boards and countertops; then sanitize them with a solution of one tablespoon of chlorine bleach to one gallon of hot water; then dry with a clean cloth or paper towel that has not been previously used.
  • Wipe up spills in the refrigerator immediately and clean the refrigerator regularly.
  • Always wash hands with warm water and soap following the cleaning and sanitization process.

Anyone with questions is advised to call the company’s consumer hotline at 607-222-3995 Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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