Whole Foods Issues Recall of Grassfields Organic Cheeses Due to Possible E. Coli

Select cheeses may have been contaminated with the bacterium, which can cause serious illness in humans

Whole Foods Issues Recall of Grassfields Organic Cheeses Due to Possible E. Coli
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August 4, 2016

Whole Foods Market is recalling several Grassfields Organic Cheeses due to possible contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), a bacterium that can cause serious illness in humans.

The recall includes the following types of cheese: Gouda, Onion 'n Garlic, Country Dill, Leyden, Edam, Lamont Cheddar, Fait Gras, and Polkton Corners. These products were cut and packaged in clear plastic wrap with scale labels beginning with PLU codes that ranged from 0206151 to 0206159 and sell-by dates through 9/2/2016.

The cheeses were sold at Whole Foods Market stores in the following states: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Not all products were sold in all stores.

E. coli infection symptoms vary by individual but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. If there is fever, it usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/less than 38.5˚C). Most people get better between five and seven days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening. Around five to 10% of those diagnosed with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections develop a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Signs that a person is developing HUS include decreased frequency of urination, feeling very tired, and losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids.

Consumers who have purchased any of these recalled products can return them to the store for a full refund.

According to Food Safety News, products included in the recall have been linked to seven illnesses.

For more information, consumers can contact Grassfields Cheese at (616) 997-8251.