Costco Cheese Responsible for E Coli Outbreak

Filed in Gather Business News Channel by on November 5, 2010 0 Comments

Reports show that 25 people were diagnosed sick with e coli from cheese purchased at Costco Wholesale Corp. The contaminated cheese affects Costcos in five states: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and California. Costco contacted customers by pulling receipts of all members who purchased the cheese.  A warning was then sent out on Thursday alerting those customers.

The cheese purchased was from Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese. Assistant Vice President Craig Wilson advised customers who purchased this cheese to return remaining products to Costco for a refund. Costco is now conducting their own testing on the cheese, and they expect to have some results by Friday.

E. coli can cause bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps and in some cases kidney failure. Customers who sampled this cheese should watch out for any signs of illness and contact their physician. There were no deaths reported but, nine were hospitalized.

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