October 26, 2021

Cheese From Costco Contains E. coli

gouda cheese

Gouda cheese for sale in a number of Costco's in five states was found to contain E. coli casuing the cheese to be recalled

Gouda cheese from Costco has been removed from shelves after it was linked to 25 cases of an E. coli outbreak in 5 states.

The Food and Drug Administration had a news release that warned consumers not to eat Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda that had been sold in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.

The FDA also instructed all those that had purchased the cheese to return it to the store for a full refund. If customers chose to throw it away, they were asked to put it in a sealed bag.

The cheese was not only being sold, but it was also being sampled in stores from October 5 to November 1.

E.coli causes bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, and dehydration. In some very extreme cases, it can cause kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. Most people never need to seek medical help, but those that are much older, as well as the young, are at higher risk.

Of the twenty five people that were infected, nine had to be hospitalized. All cases happened between October 16 through October 24. It’s anticipated that not all cases were even reported to the Center for Disease Control.

The state of California and the FDA have started an investigation of Bravo Farms in California.