Washington cheese maker issues recall due to possible E-coli contamination

Sally Jackson Cheese of Oroville, Washington has issued a voluntary recall of all its cheese after it was identified as a possible source of Escherichia Coli O157:H7 infection. Oroville is located 4 miles south of the Canadian border in Washington state.

The company issued the recall after people in Washington, Oregon and Minnesota became ill with foodborne illness. Though the persons that became ill could not positively identify the cheese that had eaten before they were sickened, Sally Jackson issued the voluntary recall. The cases of E-coli were found to be linked to each other through testing.

All of Sallly Jackson brand cheeses are made from unpasteurized milk from goats, sheep, and cows. Jackson has been making cheese for 30 years and this is the first time any illness has been linked to her cheese which is sold at top restaurants and gourmet shops.

Escherichia coli O157:H7
is a a form of E-coli bacterium which causes more serious illness than the other forms of E-coli. It’s most serious complication is hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS) which is a potentially life-threatening condition which affects a person’s kidneys. Every year in the U.S. approximately 60 people die due to this rare condition.

E-coli is a food-borne illness and can be transmitted by undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized dairy and juice products, salamis and other cured meats, pizza and raw contaminated vegetables including sprouts and spinach.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have suffered serious illness due to foodborne illness. With our help, you may be able to obtain compensation for your damages including medical costs and for pain and suffering.

The Seattle Times Okanogan County artisan cheese linked to E.coli recalled
Posted: December 17, 2010

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