Whole Foods Market Recalls Cheese Over E.Coli Fears

cheese recallWhole Foods Market recalled gourmet raw milk cheese it sold in three states and Washington, D.C., because it may be contaminated with e. coli and thought to be a possible source of an outbreak that has sickened eight people, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The cheese -- cut and repacked by Whole Foods as a store brand -- came from Sally Jackson Cheese of Oroville, Wash., which recalled all of its cheese last week. Consumers in California, Nevada, Washington state and D.C. who have the Whole Foods cheese shouldn't eat it and should take it back to the store for a refund.Sally Jackson cheeses were recalled last week as being the possible source of a e. coli outbreak that sickened eight people in Washington and Oregon this fall, prompting the FDA to warn consumers. A retailer list wasn't available at the time for the cheese, sold nationwide and online.

E. coli can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps in most people and kidney failure in severe cases. The Whole Foods cheeses were packaged in clear plastic wrap and sold with Whole Foods Market scale labels. Some of the labels also list Sally Jackson in the product descriptions.

Included in the recall are Sally Jackson cheese made from cow's milk, goat's milk cheese, sheep's milk cheese, cow's milk cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves, sheep's milk cheese wrapped in chestnut leaves and goat's milk cheese wrapped in grape leaves.

Consumers can call Whole Foods Market at (512) 542-0878 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern.

Under the food safety bill approved by Congress Tuesday afternoon, the FDA would have the authority to recall products -- instead of having to wait for the companies to issue recalls.
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