The Public Health Agency of Canada has announced that a further case of E. coli O157:H7 infection has been linked to an outbreak associated with the consumption of certain contaminated cheese products made by Gort’s Gouda Cheese farm in British Columbia.
The outbreak has now affected at least 27 people in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec since mid-July. One of the cases in British Columbia has died as a result of the infection.
The incriminated cheese products are the subject of a Health Hazard Alert issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and have been recalled from the market. Consumers are warned not to eat the recalled cheeses, but discard them or return to the point of purchase.
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