You can contract food poisoning from raw milk cheese. The E. coli outbreak discussed below was linked to Gouda cheese.
November 24, 2010:
- The CDC has reported that this outbreak of human infections is due to a rare strain of E. coli O157:H7 that has never been seen before in the PulseNet database. PulseNet is the national subtyping network that performs molecular surveillance of foodborne infections.
- UPDATE ON CONFIRMED CASES: Thirty-eight persons infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from five states. The number of ill persons identified in each state with this strain is as follows: AZ (19), CA (3), CO (11), NM (3), and NV (2).
- There have been 15 reported hospitalizations and 1 case of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).
- Our law firm is representing 7 people sickened in the outbreak, including the person with HUS.
- Laboratory testing conducted on two opened packages of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese, purchased at Costco, taken from the homes of case patients, has identified E. coli O157:H7 matching the outbreak strain.
- Preliminary laboratory testing conducted on a new, sealed package of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese obtained from a Costco retail location has identified the presence of E. coli O157:H7.
- Preliminary laboratory testing conducted on two additional opened packages of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda Cheese, purchased at Costco from two other case patient’s homes has indicated the presence of E. coli O157:H7. Tests are pending to confirm if it is the outbreak strain.