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E. Coli Tainted Cheese Recalled in Florida

Jan 16, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP E. coli contaminated cheese is being recalled by Santa Rosa Cheese of Miami, Florida.  According to the Florida Department of Agriculture, the cheese may be infected with a strain of E. coli that is weaker than the E. coli 0157:H7 strain.  However, the E. coli tainted Santa Rosa Cheese can still cause illness in those who eat it.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, E. coli is responsible for sickening 73,000 people every year, and of those, 60 will die from the disease. E. coli causes diarrhea that is watery and bloody. Sometimes there is vomiting, but there is no fever. The illness lasts about a week. While most people will recover completely, E. coli poisoning can be very dangerous for children, the elderly and anyone with a weak immune system.  In 2007, recalls of E. coli tainted foods were double what they where in 2006.  

The Santa Rosa Cheese recall affects Naturally Aged White Cheese with codes 565 and 589, various package sizes.  Retailers who have purchased this product are urged to return it to the manufacturer - Santa Rosa Cheese, 4795 N.W. 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL  33166. Consumers who have purchased the product should return it to the store from which they bought it.  

While no illnesses have been reported in relation to the Santa Rosa Cheese recall, other E. coli tainted foods have caused outbreaks of the disease.  Just this week, Minnesota-based Rochester Meat Company recalled 188,000 lbs of meat that left 5 people ill with E. coli poisoning.  The 67-year old Topps Meat Company was recently liquidated in a bankruptcy sale after it recalled more than 21 million pounds of tainted meat that made hundreds of people ill.  In 2006, fresh spinach was linked to an E. coli outbreak that sickened 200 and killed 3.

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