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FDA: Lot of Mauri Gorgonzola cheese positive for E. coli O157:H7 – Cheese was sold in Colorado Costco stores

Cheese1.jpg* Mauri Gorgonzola cheese with sell-by dates of 01/13/11 and 01/14/11 is being recalled because of a positive test for E. coli O157:H7. DPI Specialty Foods of Tualatin, Ore., cut, packaged and distributed the cheese to Costco Wholesale Corporation (Costco) stores in Colorado.

* Consumers who have any of this cheese should not eat it. They should return the cheese to the place of purchase or dispose of it in a closed plastic bag and place in a sealed trash can to prevent people or animals, including wild animals, from eating it.

* Most people infected with E. coli O157:H7 develop diarrhea and abdominal cramps, but some illnesses may last longer and can be more severe. While most people recover within a week, some may develop a severe infection. Rarely, as symptoms of diarrhea improve, a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can occur; this can happen at any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and in older adults. People with HUS should be hospitalized immediately, as their kidneys may stop working and they may be at risk for other serious health problems.

* The bacterial strain from this cheese is different from the strain linked to those illnesses reported in the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Southwestern states. Investigations are ongoing to determine if any illnesses are associated with eating this recalled cheese.

* The FDA is investigating how this cheese became contaminated.

So, what is it with E. coli O157:H7 and cheese this week?

  • Sam

    Any word on the source of contamination? Was it from the creamery, or was the cheese contaminated during cutting and repacking? Are there any other products handled by DPI that may be suspect?

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