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Cheese Made From Raw Milk Has Killed Two People

Raw milk in the cheese is believed to be behind a listeria outbreak from last September.

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Danielle Tullo

Mar 9, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified soft raw milk cheese made by Vulto Creamery in New York as the likely source of a listeria outbreak that began in September. The CDC reports that two people died after eating the cheese, with an additional four — including one newborn — hospitalized.

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On Tuesday, the Walton, New York, creamery recalled four of its soft wash-rind milk cheeses: Ouleout, Miranda, Heinennellie, and Willowemoc. BuzzFeed reports that the cheeses were distributed nationwide and sold in a few Whole Foods stores.

Raw milk is milk from goats, cows, sheep, or other animals that has not been pasteurized. While those who drink raw milk claim it has health benefits like helping the immune system, the CDC says otherwise: “Most of the nutritional benefits of drinking raw milk are available from pasteurized milk.” (See more info on the CDC’s website, where all of the risks that come with drinking raw milk are listed.)

Vulto has not released a statement at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.

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