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Bravo Recalls ALL Cheese – Listeria and E. coli Included

Screen shot 2010-11-23 at 5.15.29 PM.pngBravo Farms of Traver in the Central Valley is expanding its previous cheese recall to include ALL Bravo Farms cheese.

Bravo Farms had previously issued a recall on its Dutch Style Gouda, and now “out of concern for any further contamination we have decided to further expand the recall to include all of our cheeses,” the company says late Tuesday.

Bravo Farms sells a variety of cheeses at retail stores throughout the US, mainly on the west coast, including Gouda, Pepper Jack, Tulare Cannonball, and several different styles and flavors of Cheddar cheese.

The company says it has begun thorough testing of its cheese plant due to the E. Coli contamination that was found in the Gouda. Listeria monocytogenes and E.Coli O157:H7 bacteria were detected by CDFA during the investigation, the company says.

To date, no illnesses associated with Listeria in Bravo Farm cheese have been reported.

E. coli 0157:H7 causes diarrhea illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure. Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to serious complications and even death. Listeria can cause listeriosis among at risk people, including pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache and stiff neck can occur. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to more serious problems for the fetus. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.