E. coli O157 present in Gouda Herb Cheese by Kilshanny Farmhouse Cheese

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Summary
Category 1:

For Action

Alert Notification:

2013.05

Product:

Kilshanny Farmhouse Cheese Gouda Herb Cheese: approval number: IE 1859 EC

Batch Code:

production date: 19/09/2012

Country Of Origin:

Ireland

Message:

E. coli O157 has been found in a batch of Gouda herb cheese by Kilshanny Farmhouse Cheese. This product has been sold in a foodstall in the Limerick Milk Market and in a retailer in Co. Clare. The company has been ordered by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to withhold placing any further batches on the market.  Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated cheese due to the presence of E. coli O157.

Nature Of Danger:

E. coli O157 may cause severe bloody diarrhoea and abdominal cramps, although sometimes the infection causes non-bloody diarrhoea or no symptoms. In some groups, particularly children under 5 years of age and the elderly, the infection can also cause a complication called haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS), in which the red blood cells are destroyed and the kidneys fail.

Action Required:

Inspectors:

No action for EHOs, at present.

Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, caterers & retailers:

Food businesses who have been selling the implicated batch of cheese are requested to remove them from sale and clearly display a point of sale notice informing customers not to eat it.

Consumers:

Consumers are advised not to eat the implicated cheese.