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Raw Milk Cheese from Vulto Creamery Results in Deaths from Listeria Outbreak

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-Apr-2017

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Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner.

Vulto Creamery recently announced a recall for all of the raw milk cheeses produced by its plant and suspended operations until the FDA's final Listeria inspection outcome and source are determined. Internal records indicated that the equipment and production plant received positive results for Listeria for 20 months prior to the expanded recall announcement on March 11, 2017.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the FDA and public health officials for multiple states are continuing investigations. To date, two individuals have died from Listeria linked to consumption of Vulto Creamery cheeses.

Inspections by FDA revealed multiple and long-standing food safety problems, as detailed in the FDA Form 483 issued to Vulto Creamery. Marler Blog itemized all the FDA 483 Inspection Report violations in its post Have some FDA Violations with your Vulto Cheese on April 24, 2014.

Listed below are some of the ongoing problems discovered during multiple inspections:

  • "Vulto and an employee who had visible cuts on his arms, both reaching elbow-deep into vats of cheese to use their bare hands and arms to separate cheese curds;
  • The buildup of what appeared to be black and green mold on multiple pieces of equipment and surfaces in the facility;
  • Lack of temperature alarm systems for freezers, coolers and cheese storage rooms;
  • An admission by the owner that the company does not calibrate and never has calibrated the thermometers located in the cheese aging room and walk-in cooler;
  • Multiple plumbing problems related to blackflow prevention and drains; and
  • Insect strips overloaded with dead flies."

According to the recall notice on the FDA website, “The raw milk cheeses were distributed nationwide, with most being sold at retail locations in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, California, Chicago Illinois, Portland Oregon and Washington D.C.”

Foodsafety.gov provides information regarding Listeria sources, incubation period, symptoms, risk factors, and treatments.

About the author:

Mr. Zambri is the author of a widely renowned book on product liability litigation. An experienced speaker, he often shares his knowledge regarding personal injury litigation at seminars.

A board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates, Mr. Zambri is former president of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Out of more than 80,000 lawyers, Mr. Zambri was named among the “Top Ten” lawyers in the Metro area by Super Lawyers®. He has also been ranked among the “Top 100” lawyers in the entire metropolitan area by Washingtonian magazine. Mr. Zambri has also been acknowledged as one of "The Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers (2016 edition) and has been repeatedly included in the Super Lawyers® magazine (2016), a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America.

Mr. Zambri has been successful in litigating food-poisoning cases. He is knowledgeable and experienced in handling the unique complexities involved in food-poisoning litigation.

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