September 18, 2015 — Health officials have reported 25 illnesses and one death linked to soft cheese contaminated with Listeria.
The FDA has opened an investigation and confirmed illnesses in nine states: California (14), Colorado (1), Illinois (1), Massachusetts (2), Michigan (1), New York (2), Ohio (1), Tennessee (1), and Washington (1).
Eighteen victims who were interviewed said they ate soft cheese in the month before getting sick. In 21 cases (84%), victims had to be hospitalized. Five illnesses occurred in pregnant women, including one who had a miscarriage. One person in Ohio died from the infection.
Karoun Dairies, Inc., of San Fernando, California, has issued a recall. The company says no products have tested positive for Listeria.
They have provided a complete list of recalled cheese (PDF), including UPC codes. Brands affected by the recall include Karoun, Arz, Gopi,
Queso Del Valle, Central Valley Creamery, and Yanni.
Soft cheeses included in the recall:
- Farmers Goat Fresh
- Goat Milk Feta
- Queso Blanco
- String Cheese
- Yanni Grilling
Soft cheese from unpasteurized milk is the most common source of Listeria outbreaks, according to the CDC — especially Mexican-style queso fresco. Unlike most types of food poisoning, Listeria is a very serious illness that often causes life-threatening complications.
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