Tainted raw, unpasteurized cow, goat and sheep's milk cheeses is be behind documented E. coli-related illnesses, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Identifying the cheese in your refrigerator, though, could be a challenge.
Sally Jackson Cheese of Oroville, Wash., is recalling all cheese products, including raw cow, goat, and sheep's milk cheeses, because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria.
According to the FDA, E. coli causes diarrhea, including bloody stool. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.
Three types of raw cheeses were distributed, without distinguishing labels or codes, nationwide to restaurants, distributors and retail stores:
The FDA is investigating illnesses in Washington state that it believes are related to the Sally Jackson tainted raw cheeses, and possibly others. Officials are warning people not to eat any cheese made by Sally Jackson Cheeses.
Customers who have purchased Sally Jackson cheeses are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 509-429-3057, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT.
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