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Cheese Sold, Sampled at Costco Recalled For E. coli

Consumers in five states are being warned not to eat cheese sold at Costco stores, after an E. coli outbreak has left 25 people sick.

Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese has been linked to the outbreak. The Gouda cheese (Costco item 40654) was sold at Costco Wholesale stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.  It was sold at Costco stores from October 5 and was removed from shelves Monday. The cheese was also given away during in store samples.

Twenty-five people have been linked to the E. coli outbreak, so far, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No deaths have been reported.

Customers who purchased the cheese may return it to Costco for refunds or dispose of it by placing it in a closed plastic bag in the trash. As a foodborne illness attorney, I’d like to remind people who may still have the cheese to be especially aware of cross-contamination after handling the cheese.

E. coli is a pathogen that causes food poisoning, and often resides within the intestines of animals and is passed through fecal material. It is often linked to meat, but is also found in other foods produced near animals. Symptoms of E. coli include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, dehydration and in extreme cases, kidney failure. If you experience any of these symptoms you should visit a health care provider and have your case evaluated by a Seattle personal injury attorney.