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Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Listeria Outbreak

At least 5 people from 4 states have fallen ill with Listeria infections. One person died and all others were hospitalized after consuming Crave Brothers Farmstead cheeses. One woman suffered a miscarriage as a result of her Listeria infection.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following cheeses:  Les Frères, Petit Frère, and Petit Frère with Truffles made by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company are the likely source of this Listeria outbreak.

Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Company recalls cheese for Listeria contamination

On July 3, 2013, Craves Brothers 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.  The recalled cheeses were distributed nationwide through retail and foodservice outlets as well as by mail orders.

Listeria cases associated with the consumption of Craves Brothers cheeses were reported in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Minnesota.

Symptoms of Listeria Infection

Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.  Symptoms are typically more serious in frail or elderly people, and others with compromised immune systems.  Pregnant women infected with Listeria can suffer miscarriage or give birth to stillborn babies.

Contact the Marler Clark Attorneys

If you or a family member became ill with a Listeria infection after consuming Craves Brothers cheese and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark attorneys for a free case evaluation.  Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of Listeria and other foodborne illnesses, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.

  • TubifexWorm

    My local Whole Foods store told me that they were discontinuing LifeTime Fat Free pasteurized cheese, which is my favorite. The store says it doesn’t sell well. Perhaps the lack of fat and listeria bacteria makes it unpopular with other customers. Pasteurization was invented for a purpose: it is neither hipper nor healthier to eschew pasteurization of dairy products.

    • cheeselover

      For the record, TubiflexWorm, the three cheeses in this re-call ARE pasteurized. Check the Crave Brothers website.

      • Michael Barnett

        Are the suspect Crave Cheeses made from properly pasteurized milk? Are the suspect Crave Cheeses contaminated at Craves after production? Are the suspect Crave Cheeses “cut & wrapped” at Craves OR at Whole Foods?