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"Source of Listeria Outbreak Linked to Wisconsin Cheesemaker Still Uncertain, Company Says"

Minneapolis Star-Tribune |

"WATERLOO, Wis. — Inspectors haven't yet determined the source of a Midwest listeria outbreak linked to a Wisconsin cheesemaker, the company's president said.

Five people in four states — two in Minnesota and one each in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio — were diagnosed as having listeriosis from May 20 through June 17, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One of the Minnesota residents died, and one of the other sickened people miscarried. The other three were hospitalized.

All five people, who ranged in age from 31 to 67 years old, said they had eaten soft cheese before they got sick, and three of them said they had eaten one of three cheeses produced by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Co., of Waterloo, that have since been recalled.

Laboratory tests conducted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture on samples of the cheeses from two retail stores indicated the presence of listeria bacterium, the Journal Sentinel reported. Further test results are pending.

"While we are still uncertain of the source of the contamination, our sympathy goes out to the affected families," said George Crave, president."

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