US cheese producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Co. is the “likely” source of a fatal listeria outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

Crave Brothers last Wednesday (3 July) recalled three lines of cheese after being informed of a government investigation into an outbreak of listeria monocytogenes.

The company stopped production and distribution of the products. It recalled Les Frères cheese with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior; Petit Frère lines with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior; and Petit Frère with Truffles cheese with a make date of 7-1-13 or prior. The products were distributed nationwide through retail and foodservice outlets as well as by mail orders.

Whole Foods Market issued a recall from stores nationwide on Friday.

Five people across four states have fallen ill from the outbreak strain. One of the affected people has died, according the CDC on Friday. One of the other illnesses resulted in a pregnant woman having a miscarriage. The CDC said the cheese was the “likely source of this outbreak”.

Click here for the CDC statement.