(NaturalNews) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an announcement that Austin, Texas-based Whole Foods Market is recalling stocks of organic cheese from its stores in the Midwest and South, due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), a bacteria that may cause serious illness in humans.
The Grassfields Cheese LLC products being pulled from stores include cut varieties of Gouda, Onion ‘n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Fait Gras and Polkton Corners, packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels. The affected lots include cheeses with PLU codes ranging from 0206151 to 0206159, and with “sell by” dates up through 9/2/2016.
An ongoing investigation of seven reported cases of human illness between March and July of 2016 was traced back to Grassfields Cheese products sold in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Geagley Laboratory first identified the STEC bacteria in cheese samples collected by MDARD food and dairy inspectors. Customers who purchased any Grassfields Cheese products matching the possible contamination criteria are urged to return them to Whole Foods Market for a full refund.
The FDA warns that while E. coli infection symptoms vary from person to person, with most people recovering in between five and seven days, some cases are severe and even life-threatening. Common symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea (oftentimes bloody), vomiting and fever. And between 5–10 percent of E. coli cases develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which is marked by symptoms of chronic fatigue, a loss of pink color in the cheeks and inside the lower eyelids, and decreased frequency of urination.
Anyone with questions about the recall is encouraged to contact Grassfields Cheese at 616-997-8251 Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm EST, or at Grassfieldscheese@gmail.com.
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