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Tainted Vacherin Mont d'Or, a Swiss soft cheese, has caused 25 deaths or miscarriages in four years in Switzerland, and six other people have been killed by the same bacteria strain, officials at the federal health office in Lausanne said. Measures against Vacherin Mont d'Or, most of which is produced in the French-speaking canton of Vaud, were taken after it was blamed for three deaths from listeriosis--similar to encephalitis--in Switzerland since seasonal sales began last month. None of the cheese had been sold abroad. An order banning production, sale and export of the cheese has been issued.

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