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The Problem With Costco’s Cheese

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If you have a package of gorgonzola or gouda from Costco, you’d better take a closer look at it before you snarf it down. A batch of Mauri Gorgonzola cheese sold only in Colorado Costco stores has been recalled after state health officials detected an E. coli strain that could lead to diarrhea and abdominal cramps, or more severe conditions, writes The Denver Post. The cheese comes in clear plastic and has a white sticker reading “DISTRIBUTED BY DPI Specialty Foods Tualatin, OR, ITALY 34449.”

This is the second cheese recall involving Costco this month. Bravo Farms Dutch Style Raw Milk Gouda Cheese (item number 40654) was yanked after an E. coli outbreak sickened 25 people in October and early November. That cheese was sold in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and California (via KTLA-5 in California).

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The outbreak has again raised questions about the safety of the nation’s food supply, which has recently seen large-scale contamination in eggs and peanut butter. Grist turns to the experts to analyze whether the Food Safety Modernization Act, which is now before the U.S. Senate, will actually do more to protect our food.

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