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Update: One Death, 24 Illnesses Linked to Gort’s Raw Cheese

The Public Health Agency of Canada says it is investigating a new case of E. coli related to B.C. cheese products that were recalled in late September, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Thursday.

The agency did not say where the new case is being investigated, but said there are now a total of 24 cases of illness across the country linked to the unpasteurized cheese from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

Eleven of the cases are in B.C., including one elderly Vernon woman who died after she became sick.

People have also fallen ill in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec. The agency says there is no widespread risk to Canadians, but warns people should check their refrigerators and throw out any of the recalled products from the farm.

All sizes of these raw milk cheeses listed are affected by the recall: Medium Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato; Aged Quaso de Prato; X Aged Quaso de Prato; Cumin Quaso de Prato; Greek Blend: Onion, Paprika, Parsley, Pepper, Thyme, Oregano Quaso de Prato; Gouda Cheese with Jalapeno Peppers Quaso de Prato; Smoked Gouda Cheese Quaso de Prato; Gouda Cheese with Red Peppers, Ginger, Onions & Garlic Quaso de Prato; Peppercorn, Ginger, Paprika, Onion & Garlic Quaso de Prato; Parsley, Celery, Onion, Garlic, Dill & Chives Quaso de Prato; Maasdammer; Beaufort; Parmesan; Mazouda.

The cheese was sold at the manufacturer’s outlet, at retail stores in Alberta and B.C, and through Internet sales from May 27 to Sept. 14, 2013.

Symptoms of E. coli infection typically include stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and fever. Severe illnesses may develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney disease.

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  • Chuckycheese

    Well way to go. This gives raw milk products the shank! So sorry to the victims of this irresponsibility. Shame! Shame on the care this farm delivered

  • GrampyNate

    Interesting how when e. coli turns up in pasteurized products, we aren’t specifically told that the product was pasteurized.
    Our attitudes may have been prejudiced by the forgone conclusion that pasteurized is “better.” Better? Sometimes yes; sometimes no.
    The deleterious effects pasteurization has in destroying beneficial/essential dietary enzymes and protein and vitamin structures within the food will someday be given its due weight.
    Future science may look back on us “credentialed bumpkins” of today as a bunch of boobs for not seeing the obvious forest behind a few scary trees.

    • Chango

      I find
      it hard to believe anyone still places stock in the harmful effects of

      pasteurization. Are you against immunization and cancer therapy as well?

      “Dietary enzymes” such as the natural bacteria destroyed during
      pasteurization are destroyed thru the active fermentation of cheese. (Calling
      them “dietary” is a stretch.) The more liberal harmful bacteria are
      more of a concern, and _are_not_ destroyed thru active fermentation.

      Destroying
      “vitamin structures”? Do you refer to the quaternary
      protein structure associated
      with Beta Carotene, Retinol, Calcium, Vitamin A, C, etc? Go look at the back of
      a pack of cheese that has been pasteurized and I’m sure you’ll see these in
      healthy doses. It takes a boiling point temperature to denatures these and most
      other enzymatic and protein structures.

      If you’re looking for that healthy reduced taxation of these enzymes ask
      yourself

      the question: why does a baby cow gain so much weight?

      I think I found the boob you refer to. He is you.

      • gattaa

        “The deleterious effects pasteurization has in destroying beneficial/essential dietary enzymes and protein and vitamin structures within the food will someday be given its due weight.”

        Someday perhaps, but I tend to doubt it; in today’s evolving and real-time world, consuming non-pasteurized product is demonstrably harmful. No other animal on the planet consumes another species’ milk. I’ll take my chances of missing out on ‘future dietary benefits’ vs illness and possible death.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/KizoneKaprow Kizone Kaprow

    I don’t believe this story. Libertarians insist that raw milk cheeses are Perfectly Safe, and the Evil State™ wants to assert its authority over freedom-loving cheese eaters, just because it can. This is what libertarians actually believe!

    http://reason.com/archives/2013/04/27/who-banned-my-cheese