Warning on cheese after child death from E.coli

A withdrawal from selling of batch G14 of Lanark White ewe milk cheese has been issued by the Food Standards Scotland after the death of a three year old child from Dunbartonshire. The death of the child was among 20 other confirmed cases during the outbreak in July, and among the 20 cases, eleven of them were hospitalized.

The Food Standard Scotland issued a statement Saturday “A sample from a batch of Lanark White submitted for testing by South Lanarkshire Council has tested positive E.coli O157. Although this organism may not carry Shiga toxins, it is associated with human disease in the UK, so this cheese is a potential risk to health. FSS has issued a Food Alert for Action calling for this product to be immediately recalled from sale.”
The cheese has been on the market for over three weeks without any reported case of illness which made the company not to recall it. About three batches of Dunsyre blue cheese have been recalled and investigation has started.