According to news reports, a six-year-old girl from San Diego is one of 25 people in five states who have been infected by E. coli. The outbreak is associated with samples of Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese given out by Costco stores. The cheese was available in stores from October 5 to November 1st in California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada. The infection has resulted in nine hospitalizations so far, yet no one has died. Costco removed all of the cheese from shelves, and contacted customers who purchased the Gouda.
E. coli is a bacterium which may lead to death. The symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and dehydration. Kidney failure called “hemolytic uremic syndrome” may occur. Those most susceptible include children, seniors, and individuals with weakened immune systems. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Customers are advised to return the cheese to the store or put it in a closed plastic bag and throw it in a sealed trash can to prevent animals or other people from consuming the contaminated cheese. The FDA and the state of California have begun investigating Bravo Farms.
As a personal injury lawyer in San Bernardino, I look forward to hearing the results of the investigation into Bravo Farms. Food poisoning is very serious and potentially life-threatening, and companies must remain accountable for their health safety standards.