Costco yesterday recalled Gorgonzola cheese sold in Colorado stores that tested positive for E. coli bacteria. The Gorgonzola was sold under the brand name Mauri, with sell-by dates of 01/13/11 and 01/14/11. Consumers should return the cheese to Costco for a refund.The FDA recommedns that consumers who don't return the cheese should put it in a closed plastic bag and place in a sealed trash can to prevent people or animals from eating it.
E. coli infection often causes severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps, though it can also cause nonbloody diarrhea or no symptoms at all. While most healthy adults typically recover within a week, certain people--particularly young children and the elderly--can develop a complication called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.
This is the second recall of cheese sold at Costco in a week. Last week an E. coli breakout was linked to Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese sold at Costco. Visit Consumer Reports Safety Blog for updates on Salmonella and E. Coli outbreaks.
-- Chris Fichera