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Source of Listeria Contamination Remains Uncertain

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Cheeses made at Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese near Waterloo, have won awards, but some varieties are being recalled. Photo: Image by Mark Hoffman, Journal Sentinel

Source of Listeria Contamination Remains Uncertain

CREATED Jul. 9, 2013

WATERLOO, Wis. (AP) -- The president of an award-winning cheese company in Wisconsin says the source of contamination that led to the death of a Minnesota man and sickened four others is still uncertain.

George Crave says production and distribution of the three recalled cheeses linked to the illnesses has ceased. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state agriculture officials have inspected Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Co., near Waterloo.

All five people sickened by listeria were diagnosed between May 20 and June 17. The FDA says they range in age from 31 to 67 years old. Minnesota health officials say one of the state's two victims died.

Read the recall report from the FDA

The Journal Sentinel says the products involved, Les FrΦres cheese, Petit FrΦre cheese, and Petit FrΦre with Truffles, have previously won awards from the American Cheese Society.