Multistate Listeria outbreak linked to cheeses

| July 20, 2013

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infection that has affected five people in four states.

All five of those affected have required hospital treatment and one person has subsequently died. The CDC investigation – in collaboration with the FDA – indicates that the vehicle of infection is probably cheese produced by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company, Wisconsin. Laboratory testing has confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in samples of Crave Brothers cheeses taken from two retail outlets.

Three cheese products are thought to be involved in the outbreak, Les Frères, Petit Frère and Petit Frère with Truffles. The manufacturer recalled these products, which were distributed nationwide through retailers and mail order, on 3 July. Consumers are advised to discard any of the recalled cheeses and not to eat them.

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