Outbreak Investigation of E. coli O157:H7 in Raw Cheddar Cheese (February 2024)

The FDA reported that they, the CDC, and local partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to RAW FARM-brand Raw Cheddar cheese made by RAW FARM, LLC, of Fresno, CA. As of February 16, 2024, a total of 10 confirmed infections have been reported from four states, including CA (4), CO (3), TX (1), and UT (2). Whole genome sequencing analysis of E. coli isolates from ill people shows they are all closely related genetically. This means that people in this outbreak are likely to share a common source of infection. Four patients have been hospitalized; one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious condition that can lead to kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. In response to this investigation, RAW FARM, LLC has agreed to initiate a recall of certain lots of RAW FARM- brand Raw Cheddar cheese currently within shelf life. The FDA continues to work with the firm to remove additional products from the market. The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and whether additional products are linked to illnesses. FDA will update this advisory should additional consumer safety information become available. @ https://www.fda.gov/food/outbreaks-foodborne-illness/outbreak-investigation-e-coli-o157h7-raw-cheddar-cheese-february-2024


 Outbreak Investigation of E. coli O157:H7: Raw Cheddar Cheese
Outbreak Investigation of E. coli O157:H7: Raw Cheddar Cheese

Do not eat, sell, or serve RAW FARM-brand Raw Cheddar Cheese. FDA’s investigation is ongoing.

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