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Updated Health Hazard Alert - Certain Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm brand Mild Gouda may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
September 19, 2013
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478)
Distribution:
British Columbia, Possibly National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
8342

Advisory details

Ottawa, September 19, 2013 - The public warning issued on September 17, 2013 has been updated to include an additional product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm (EST 4478) are warning the public not to consume the Mild Gouda Cheese described below because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall is the result of an ongoing food safety investigation initiated as a result of a recent outbreak investigation. There may be recalls of additional products as the investigation at this facility continues.

Lot codes 122 to 138 are affected by this recall.

Some product packages may not bear a lot code or indicate that the cheese was made with raw milk. This product may also have been sold clerk-served from deli counters with or without a label or coding. Consumers who are unsure if they have purchased the affected product are advised to contact their retailer.

There have been reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

The manufacturer, Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm, Salmon Arm, BC is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Additional Info
Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm Mild Gouda Cheese sold in packages of various sizes, bearing a red "Raw" sticker sold at certain retail stores in British Columbia and through Internet sales from May 27 to September 14, 2013

More information

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

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