Sally Jackson Cheese sold in 17 States Warning and Recall

Dec 17 2010 - 7:52pm

The FDA has issued a recall of Sally Jackson cheese, sold in 17 states, due to possible contamination with E coli O157:H7. Consumers are warned not to eat the product. The bacteria can cause severe illness in humans and animals and is especially dangerous to children under age 5 and elders. The product has been voluntarily recalled.

Preliminary Report finds Problems at Sally Jackson Cheese Facility

The FDA in a preliminary report found "problems" at a facility in Oroville, Washington, related to sanitation, construction, Sally Jackson cheese is made from unpasteurized raw milk, from goat, cows, and sheep making the potential for bacterial growth high. The FDA is currently analyzing the cheese and the manufacturer has voluntarily agreed to the recall.

The agency warns that all of cheese labeled Sally Jackson should be avoided. Consumers should discard the product, keep it away from animals and dispose in a closed plastic bag with a lidded trash can if not returned to the store where the purchase was made. Restaurateurs are also warned not to serve any of the products to customers.

The FDA was alerted earlier this month about an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections by the Oregon Public Health Department (OPHD), WSDA, and the Washington Department of Health (WDOH), suspected from food contamination.

Eight persons became ill during September and November, one of whom reported consuming the cheese. Four others say they may have eaten the product. Three of those ate at a restaurant serving the brand, and one ate several different brands that could have included Sally Jackson. The remaining two persons who became ill are not sure whether they consumed any.

Sally Jackson cheese has been sold in the following 17 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

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Symptoms of illness from the O157:H7 strain of E coli include diarrhea that can contain blood, accompanied by abdominal pain and cramping. Fever is common. Onset of symptoms is one day, but can occur up to ten days later. Most people who are healthy recover from the infection within a week.

After diarrhea subsides, a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) can cause critical illness, especially in children under age 5 and elders, though anyone is susceptible.

Kidney failure symptoms that can develop from hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) following infection with E coli O157:H7 include spontaneous bruising, nosebleeds, generalized swelling and decreased urine output. Toxins in the bacteria cause organ failure that can lead to death.

The 0157:H7 E coli strain is virulent and can infect individuals when only a few bacteria are present, unlike other strains. The infection has also been linked to long-term health problems.

Consumers are warned not to eat Sally Jackson cheese, sold in 17 states. The FDA plans to update the public when more information becomes available. If you believe you maybe ill from E coli, seek medical care. Diagnosis can be confirmed with a culture of stoo.

Source: FDA Newsroom

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