CDC Issues Warning on Raw Farm Brand Raw Cheddar Cheese Due to E. Coli Outbreak

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning regarding an E. coli outbreak linked to Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese. The outbreak has prompted concerns nationwide.

The affected products, sold under the RAW FARM brand, come in various flavors including original and jalapeno, and are available in all sizes of blocks and shredded packages. Consumers are advised to refrain from consuming any Raw Farm brand raw cheddar cheese while the investigation is ongoing.

“Throw them away or return them to where you bought them,” the CDC urged in its advisory. Additionally, individuals are advised to thoroughly wash items and surfaces that may have come into contact with the contaminated cheese, using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.

Healthcare providers are advising individuals to be vigilant for severe symptoms of E. coli infection, including diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F, diarrhea persisting for more than three days without improvement, bloody diarrhea, and excessive vomiting leading to an inability to keep liquids down.

Signs of dehydration, such as decreased urination, dry mouth and throat, dizziness upon standing, fatigue, and loss of pink color in the cheeks and inside the lower eyelids, should also be monitored closely.

Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli typically experience severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting, with symptoms usually appearing three to four days after exposure. While most individuals recover without medical intervention within five to seven days, some may develop serious kidney problems requiring hospitalization, known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).