Tainted ricotta salata cheese is being blamed for an outbreak of listeria that has caused the death of three people, as well as hospitalized at least fourteen others.
One lot of Frescolina brand ricotta salata cheese, produced in Long Island, New York, by Forever Cheese Inc., has been recalled by the FDA as a result of the outbreak. The affected cheese was sold between June 20th and August 9th, and was sold to distributors for retail stores and restaurants. The affected cheese was distributed to eighteen states, as well as the District of Columbia. Those sickened by the cheese are spread out amongst eleven of those states.
The recall of Ricotta salata cheese, not to be confused by Ricotta Cheese, affects lot number T9425 and/or production code 441202.
Listeriosis is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, as well as the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system. To date, four of the affected consumers were pregnant, while the remaining ten range in age from 56 to 87.