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FDA: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Crave Brothers Cheeses

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An outbreak of listeria has caused one person to die, a pregnant woman to suffer a miscarriage and three other people to be hospitalized.

The outbreak was linked to contaminated soft cheese from Wisconsin-based Crave Brothers. The death was in Minnesota, while the illnesses were reported in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, along with Minnesota, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Although it has not been determined which exact type of cheese caused the outbreak, three pasteurized soft cheeses are now the subjects of a nationwide recall, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported.  Crave Brothers has recalled its Les Frères, Petit Frère and Petit Frère with Truffles cheeses. Four brothers who use milk from their own herd of 1,500 Holstein cows operate the company. According to the FDA, the recalled cheeses were distributed nationwide through dozens of retail and food-service outlets. They were also available for purchase online.

The FDA is currently inspecting Crave Brothers’ processing facility in coordination with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, and is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to determine the cause of the contamination, the Journal Sentinel reported. The string of listeria was connected to Crave Brothers when all of the victims reported consuming a soft cheese. Three of those made ill said they definitely or probably ate one of the recalled cheeses made by Crave Brothers prior to getting sick, according to the Journal Sentinel. disclaimer: This article: FDA: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Crave Brothers Cheeses was posted on Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at 7:23 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits.

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