Justice Department: Cheese company banned from making adulterated products after L. mono scare

By Mark Iandolo | Apr 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 2 that Vulto Creamery LLC has been permanently enjoined by a federal court from manufacturing and distributing allegedly adulterated food.

“The presence of this dangerous bacteria at a cheese manufacturing facility in Upstate New York is of grave concern,” U.S. attorney Grant C. Jaquith for the Northern District of New York said in a statement. “We will continue to use all available tools to ensure that our food supply is safe and violations of laws protecting public heath are addressed.”

According to allegations, Vulto Creamery and owner Johannes H. Vulto manufactured and distributed ready-to-eat cheeses contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono), a harmful bacteria. Purported conduct of this nature violates the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

“L. mono is a serious health threat that can prove fatal,” said Chad A. Readler, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, in a statement. “Consumers should be able to trust that the food they buy is safe. We will continue working with FDA to take action against manufacturers that employ substandard practices.”


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