Bravo Farms had previously issued a recall of its Dutch Style Gouda due to the E. Coli contamination that was found in that variety of cheese produced by Bravo Farms, and on 11/23/10 announced that it has now expanded the recall to include all of the varieties of their cheeses out of a concern for any further contamination.
Bravo Farms sells a variety of cheeses at retail stores throughout the United States, mainly on the west coast, including Gouda, Pepper Jack, Tulare Cannonball, and several different styles and flavors of Cheddar cheese. They were recently awarded Top Cheddar in the United States in August.
Consumers should discard the cheese or return it to the place of purchase.
E. coli causes diarrhea illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure. Young children and the elderly are most susceptible to serious complications and even death. Listeria can cause listeriosis among at risk people, including pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache and stiff neck can occur. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu like illness; however, infections during pregnancy can lead to more serious problems for the fetus. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.
The company states that any questions can be directed to Bravo Farms (559-897-4634).