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South Africa Finds E. Coli in 22 Tons of Irish Cheese

At South Africa’s eastern port of Durban, a shipment of 22 tons of cheddar cheese sent from Ireland — 6,700 miles away — is being destroyed because it was contaminated with E. coli.

South African milk producers immediately asked their government to put a temporary ban on Irish dairy products, but that has not happened yet.

The cheddar cheese shipment from Ireland was found to be “too risky for human consumption” after it docked at the South African port.  The cheese was shipped in 25-kilo blocks and was said to have enough bacteria to cause food poisoning in anyone consuming it.

South Africa did not provide the name of the Irish shipper.

In another example of how food safety is often used for trade advantages, South African milk producers accused Ireland of dumping inferior, under-priced cheese on its market. They say the alleged product “dumping” is crippling South Africa’s farmers.

As for the 22 tons of cheese, Durban port officials indicated it would be returned to the Irish shipper who would then have the responsibility of destroying the product.

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  • chui

    It is not only South Africa with this problem. The infested cheese is also present right here in the US I got sick from eating KerryGold Reserve Cheddar Cheese Imported from Ireland. This product come in 7 oz The package I purchased from Super Target has a 10-21-11 line 1 1037 best by date and the other code.
    the UPC code is 67707 0013.
    I am a Ph.D. Clinical Chemist / Ex Medical School Professor and a Forensic Toxicologists with experience in Lab Med including bacteriology/ virology / mycology. I have not had a chance to contact Kerry Gold, but the ER doctors was useless as a tit on a boar , just as the rest of the staff in this hick state of GA.
    I have samples saved of this stuff and may wind up hiring a lawyer.
    I subsequently visited the Target Super store and talked with one of the people in their dairy section. They have removed all cheese products of This KerryGold brand, but the hierarchy will not related any info to the consumers.
    In my personal and professional view , it is all in the name of their profits, liability and the FDA and USDA just panders around.
    My first opinion was that it may be listeria the more common cheese culprit.