A cheese recall is about to get larger. Bravo Farms had previously issued a recall on its Dutch Style Gouda, and now out of concern for any further contamination the Bravo Company has decided to expand the recall to include all of its cheeses.
"Our customer’s safety and well being are our top priority, and this is the best way we can be sure we fulfill this obligation," the company reports.
Bravo Farms sells a variety of cheeses at retail stores throughout the US, mainly on the west coast, including Gouda, Pepper Jack, Tulare Cannonball, and several different styles and flavors of Cheddar cheese.
Through cooperation with the FDA and CDFA they've begun testing thorough testing of the plant due to the E. Coli contamination that was found in the Gouda. Listeria monocytogenes and E.Coli O157:H7 bacteria were detected by CDFA during the investigation. To date, no illnesses associated with Listeria in Bravo Farm cheese have been reported. Consumers should discard the cheese or return it to the place of purchase.
Bravo was awarded Top Cheddar Cheese in the United States last August.
E. coli 0157:H7 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.
Any questions can be directed to Bravo Farms at (559) 897-4634.