Five persons infected with an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from four states: Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio.
An investigation by local and state public health and regulatory agencies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration indicates that Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère with Truffles, cheeses made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Co., is the likely source of the outbreak.
On July 3, Crave Brothers voluntarily recalled the three cheeses with manufacturing dates of July 1 or earlier due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The recalled cheeses were distributed nationwide through retail and foodservice outlets as well as by mail orders.
Consumers who purchased any of the recalled cheeses shouldn’t 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, the agencies and CDC advise.
The agencies will release more information as the investigation progresses.