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Crave Brothers stops producing recalled cheeses

WATERLOO, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin cheesemaker said it stopped producing three award-winning products as soon as it was learned that they might have caused a small bacterial outbreak.

Crave Brothers of Waterloo says it’s working with the FDA to determine the exact source of the contamination.

Listeria illnesses were reported in Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, and Indiana. A Minnesota resident died, and a pregnant woman had a miscarriage. Three others were hospitalized. The victims ranged in age from 31 to 67.

Tests from Minnesota tentatively identified the Crave Brothers cheese as the source, but further test results are pending. Company president George Crave says more needs to be known but, “Our sympathy goes out to the affected families.”

Crave recalled Les Freres, Petit Frere, and Petit Frere with Truffles, made on or before July 1st. All three have won awards from the American Cheese Society.

Whole Foods packages the Les Freres cheese. Kroger and about one-fifth of Roundy’s stores also carry the products.