Raw milk products can be a touchy subject in parts of California due to conflicting claims about its health value versus potential risks. But California residents who bought Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese or tried the product at in-store tastings at Costco should beware its purchase.
According to KTLA:
[The product,] sold at Costco stores in five different states, including California, is being recalled after an E. coli outbreak sickened 25 people.
Health officials believe the people got sick after eating Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese (item #40654) sold and offered at in-store tastings between Oct. 5 and Nov. 1.
In response to the recall, Costco is offering refunds to customers.
Symptoms of E. coli infection include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, dehydration and in severe cases, kidney failure and death.
The ongoing problems regarding certain producers of raw milk and raw dairy-based products are worth keeping track of by those who are interested in their alleged health benefits. However, the Food and Drug Administration has begun issuing cease-and-desist letters, calling some products “an acute, life-threatening hazard to health.” Keep this potential risk in mind when buying your cheeses, creams and milk in California this fall.
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