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CDC Warns of E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Raw Milk Cheese

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Do not eat any RAW FARM brand raw cheddar cheese. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them. Image courtesy of CDC for illustration purposes
Do not eat any RAW FARM brand raw cheddar cheese. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them. Image courtesy of CDC for illustration purposes
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Contaminated Food

RAW FARM brand raw cheddar cheese

  • Flavors include original and jalapeno
  • All sizes of blocks and shredded packages
  • Sold nationwide
  • Raw Farm LLC has agreed to recall products and is working with FDA

What You Should Do

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  • Do not eat any RAW FARM brand raw cheddar cheese. Throw them away or return them to where you bought them.
  • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the contaminated cheese using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
  • Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe E. coli symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
    • Signs of dehydration, such as:
      • Not peeing much
      • Dry mouth and throat
      • Feeling dizzy when standing up
    • Feeling very tired
    • Losing pink color in cheeks and inside the lower eyelids

What Businesses Should Do

  • Do not sell or serve RAW FARM brand raw cheddar cheese.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with the contaminated cheese.

Symptoms of E. coli

  • Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli experience severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.
    • Symptoms usually start 3 to 4 days after swallowing the bacteria.
    • Most people recover without treatment after 5 to 7 days.
  • Some people may develop serious kidney problems (hemolytic uremic syndrome, also called HUS) and would need to be hospitalized.
  • For more information about E. coli, see the E. coli Questions and Answers page.

Information Source: CDC

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