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Crave Brothers Listeriosis outbreak linked to unsanitary conditions

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WATERLOO (WKOW) -- Last summer's listeriosis outbreak in Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese of Waterloo was caused by unsanitary conditions during the cheese-making process.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the contamination likely occurred after the milk was pasteurized.

Listeriosis monocytogenes is a bacterium usually found in animals, birds and vegetation, but it can also grow in cheese at room or refrigerator temperatures.

The outbreak was found in two cheese wedges, Les Freres and Petit Frere with truffles, and was linked to a death in Minnesota and illnesses in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.

Crave Brothers halted production of the cheeses last July, and issued a voluntary recall of the products affected.

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