In response to Vulto Creamery’s expanded recall of raw milk cheeses, Whole Foods Market is also expanding its recall to include cheeses sold in eight stores in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey, the FDA announced on Monday. These cheeses have been linked to two deaths and six illnesses. These cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
"If you purchased these products, do not eat them," stated the Food Poisoning Bulletin. "Throw them away in a sealed or double bagged container so other people and animals can’t eat them, or take them or your receipt back to the place of purchase for a refund. Then clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution."
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections in young children, fragile or elderly people, pregnant women and others who have weakened immune systems.
“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.” According to WebMD.
Here is more info on the Expanded Recalled Items:
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 and "sell by" dates from 01/02/2017 to 04/02/2017.
These products were sold at the following Whole Foods Market stores:
94 Derby Street, Hingham, MA
1255 Raritan Road Unit 150, Clark, NJ
300 Bergen Town Center, Paramus, NJ
238 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY
1095 Avenue of the Americas. New York, NY
270 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
4 Union Square South, New York, NY
575 Boston Post Road, Port Chester, NY
If you have purchased any of these recalled products you can bring your receipts to the store for a full refund. Consumers with questions should call 607-222-3995 during their normal hours of operations (Monday-Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm ET) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.