The Foodfacts.com Blog has reviewed news reports indicating that Costco cheese may be contaminated with e. coli. According to the Food and Drug Administration, Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese sold at Costco stores might cause illness, according to an FDA press release. The warehouse club store is also warning its members not to consume the cheese.
The FDA said 25 infected persons in five states were reported as of Thursday, November 4. So far 9 persons have been hospitalized.
Common symptoms of such infections are diarrhea and cramps, but in rare cases severe and long-lasting illness can result from the bacteria.
The FDA advised customers who have purchased the cheese to return it or dispose of it in a sealed bag inside a closed container in order to prevent people or animals from eating it. Those who have signs of e. coli should seek medical help immediately.
The Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese was put on Costco racks in mid-October, and free samples were offered at stores in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada.
Costco has removed the brand of cheese from all its stores, and offered refunds to those who purchased it, according to the FDA press release.
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Image: A Costco Wholesale store May 31, in Mount Prospect, Illinois. Costco cheese may be contaminated with e. coli, says the Food and Drug Administration. (Tim Boyle/Getty Images)