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.© Food Safety News