Bravo Farms Expands California Recall of Raw Milk Cheese

The California recall of raw milk cheese sold by Bravo Farms as part of a traveling show in Costco and other retailers is now a recall of all Bravo Farms products sold in the United States. We had previously noted that the Dutch style gouda cheese was recalled after e. Coli was detected. But the federal Food and Drug Administration notes that other products are now affected:

Bravo Farms sells a variety of cheeses at retail stores throughout the US, mainly on the west coast, including Gouda, Pepper Jack, Tulare Cannonball, and several different styles and flavors of Cheddar cheese.

Through cooperation with the FDA and CDFA we have begun thorough testing of the plant due to the E. Coli contamination that was found in the Gouda. Listeria monocytogenes and E.Coli O157:H7 bacteria were detected by CDFA during the investigation. To date, no illnesses associated with Listeria in Bravo Farm cheese have been reported. Consumers should discard the cheese or return it to the place of purchase.

Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure. Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to serious complications and even death.

Not noted in the release were the 25 people who had been sickened by the various products, although nothing more serious than minor illness has been noted. And as Brian Davis, one of Bravo Farm’s vice presidents, told the Orange County Register:

“We haven’t had any additional illnesses, but we feel like until we can fully explain what happened, we need to pull all the cheese, just to be on the safe side.”

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