E. coli Outbreak Linked to Raw Cheddar Cheese

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Posted March 26, 2024

This outbreak is over. Learn what you can do to protect yourself from getting sick from E. coli.

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 11
  • Hospitalizations: 5
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 5
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Closed (first posted on February 16, 2024)
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Outbreak Investigation Summary

Data showed that Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese made people in this outbreak sick.

  • Seven sick people reported eating Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese in the week before they got sick.
  • CDC warned against all raw cheese products from this firm. The outbreak investigation is now over, but this product has a long shelf life.

Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese that sick people may have eaten included:

  • Flavors included original and jalapeno
    • All sizes of blocks with best by dates through 10/4/2024
    • All sizes of shredded cheese packages with best by dates through 5/10/2024
What You Should Do
  • Be aware that unpasteurized dairy products are more likely to contain germs than pasteurized dairy products.
  • Check your refrigerators and freezers for Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese products with the best by dates listed above and throw them away.
    • Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the contaminated cheese using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
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.