E. coli Found in Costco Cheese


According to the Food and Drug Adminsitration (FDA), E. coli bacteria has been found in cheese sold at Costco locations in five states across the Southwest. The contaminated cheese has caused 25 people to become ill. Fortunately, there have been no deaths reported in conjunction with the E. coli outbreak.

The contaminated cheese was sold at Costco stores in Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Arizona. The brand is Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese, sold between October 5 and November 1. It was also available for in-store tastings. The item # for this cheese is 40654.

Consumers who have purchased this product have been encouraged to place it in a closed plastic bag and dispose of it in a sealed trash can. If you prefer, you can return it to Costco for a refund.

E. coli may result in the following conditions:

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dehydration
  • Kidney failure

If you have experienced any of these symptoms or conditions, you should contact your doctor immediately.

If you have developed an E. coli injury from eating this contaminated cheese, you may be eligible to receive compensation through a defective product lawsuit. An experienced attorney can help you with the filing of your claim.