Multistate Outbreak of Listeriosis Linked to Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheeses (Final Update)

Posted September 24, 2013 1:00 PM ET

This investigation is closed.Listeria monocytogenes infection (listeriosis) is an important cause of illness in the United States. More information about listeriosis, and steps people can take to reduce their risk of infection, can be found on the CDC Listeria Web Page.

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  • A total of six persons infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes were reported from five states.
    • The number of ill persons identified in each state was as follows: Illinois (1), Indiana (1), Minnesota (2), Ohio (1), and Texas (1).
    • All six ill persons were hospitalized. One death was reported in Minnesota. In addition, one illness in a pregnant woman resulted in a miscarriage.
    • No new ill persons were reported since the last update on August 22, 2013.
  • A collaborative investigation by local and state public health and regulatory agencies, CDC, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère with Truffles cheeses made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company was the likely source of this outbreak.
  • On July 3, 2013, Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company of Waterloo, Wisconsin voluntarily recalled its Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère with Truffles cheeses with make dates of July 1, 2013, or earlier due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
  • Consumers who purchased any of the recalled cheeses should not eat them and should throw away any remaining cheeses.
    • This is especially important for pregnant women, older adults, and persons with weakened immune systems, who are at the highest risk for infection and serious outcomes.
  • As of September 24, 2013, Crave Brothers is not in production. FDA and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture are working closely to review the firm’s corrective actions before the firm is authorized to resume cheese production.