Former raw milk cheese maker pleads guilty in connection with fatal listeria outbreak

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A erstwhile shaper of earthy beverage food pleaded blameworthy connected Tuesday to charges related to a deadly outbreak of listeria from 2016 to 2017, national prosecutors said.

Johannes Vulto and his New York-based institution Vulto Creamery LLC each pleaded blameworthy to 1 misdemeanor count of causing nan preamble of adulterated nutrient into interstate commerce successful national tribunal successful Syracuse, according to nan U.S. Department of Justice.

Prosecutors opportunity biology swabs taken astatine nan Vulto Creamery installation successful Walton many times tested affirmative for listeria germs betwixt July 2014 and February 2017.

listeria earthy beverage soft cheeseVulto Creamery had voluntarily recalled each soft, wash-rind raw-milk cheese.Vulto Creamery

Vulto unopen down nan creamery and issued a afloat callback aft nan U.S. Food and Drug Administration successful 2017 linked nan creamery’s food to an outbreak of listeriosis that resulted successful 8 hospitalizations and 2 deaths — 1 successful Vermont and different successful Connecticut.

Listeriosis is simply a perchance life-threatening bacterial unwellness caused by consuming foods contaminated pinch listeria monocytogenes. Pregnant women, newborns, aged group and others pinch weakened immune systems are among nan astir astatine consequence of terrible illness.

Carla Freedman, U.S. lawyer for nan Northern District of New York, said Vulto and his company’s unsafe practices led to an “entirely preventable tragedy” of unwellness and death.

“It is important that American consumers beryllium capable to spot that nan foods they bargain are safe to eat,” said Brian Boynton, who heads nan civilian section astatine nan U.S. Department of Justice.

Vulto’s lawyers didn’t instantly respond to an email seeking remark Tuesday. He’ll beryllium sentenced July 9.