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New Jersey Whole Foods Pulls Cheeses Over Listeria Concerns

The product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that Listeria concerns have prompted Austin-based Whole Foods Market to voluntarily recall cheeses sold at eight of its stores in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Monday.

The Andes, Hamden and Walton Umber raw milk cheeses, produced by Vulto Creamery, have been linked to at least six illness and two deaths, the FDA said.

If you or a loved one has become ill due to consuming a Whole Foods product, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. To learn if you are eligible to file a claim, contact the trusted product liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin today.

Vulto Creamery products are available at a number of retailers, and the illnesses and deaths reported so far have not been connected to cheeses purchased from Whole Foods, the FDA said.

According to the FDA: "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."

The recalled products have PLU codes 0200307, 0201357 or 0206308 and "sell by" dates from Jan. 2 to April 2, 2017.

The cheeses can be returned to Whole Foods for a full refund.

There have been a number of reported listeria cases involving food products in recent years, including a massive 2015 recall involving Blue Bell Creameries.

In New Jersey, consumers injured by a food product may be eligible for a reward from the manufacturer. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. To find out more, contact Breslin and Breslin online or call 201-342-4014 today.

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