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COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT

Whole Foods Market Expands Vulto Creamery Recall Because of Public Health Risk

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Summary

Company Announcement Date:
FDA Publish Date:
Product Type:
Food & Beverages
Food & Beverage Safety
Reason for Announcement:
Recall Reason Description
Potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes
Company Name:
Whole Foods Market
Brand Name:
Brand Name(s)
Vulto Creamery
Product Description:
Product Description
Cheese

Company Announcement

In response to Vulto Creamery’s expanded recall of raw milk cheeses, Whole Foods Market is voluntarily expanding its recall to include Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber cheeses sold in eight stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. The cheeses have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes 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.

As of March 10, 2017 Vulto Creamery is reporting the particular strain of Listeria monocytogenes is 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 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

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 vultocreamery@gmail.com.
 

Initial Press Release

 

Company Contact Information

Consumers:
607-222-3995
vultocreamery@gmail.com
Media:
Betsy Harden
512-542-3198
Betsy.Harden@wholefoods.com