A cheese that was sold at Costco and having tasting demonstrations from October 5 to November 1 has been recalled due to E.Coli. Yesterday the New Mexico Department of Health confirmed the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in an intact sample of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese (Costco Item 40654). So far 37 people have become ill from this cheese across five states in the Western US: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and the Southern California area. Bravo Farms is located in Traver, California and the state of California and theFDA have begun an investigation to determine how this happened.
Costco has removed the cheese from its stores and, using card purchase records, has notified consumers by phone of the situation. However, if you purchased this cheese you should definitely not eat it and return it to Costco for a full refund. If you would like more information about the recall or symptoms of E. coli O157:H7, check out the FDA recall notice. You can also find out more details from the Costco recall notice.
In addition to the Bravo Farms gouda cheese, another cheese also sold at Costco has been recalled this week due to E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The Mauri Gorgonzola cheese is produced by DPI Specialty Foods of Taulatin, Oregon. The cheese was sold at Costco locations in Colorado in wedges of approximately one pound. Currently, no illnesses have been reported from this cheese, however, further testing will be carried out. Customers who purchased the Mauri Gorgonzola with a sell by date between 01/02/2011 and 01/27/2011 should return the cheese to Costco for a full refund. For more information you should check out the Costco recall notice for this product.
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