October 18, 2013 - 7:30 PM
VERNON - Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm has been given the OK by the province to start selling cheeses not affected by a recall due to an outbreak of E. coli.
Gort's owner Cathy Wikkerink said she was given the green light by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control recently and hopes to be making deliveries to Okanagan customers by the end of next week. While the recall remains in effect for a variety of cheeses, those not on the list can be eaten.
"I'm starting to feel like a weight has lifted," she said. She and her business has been under intense pressure since the Public Health Agency of Canada began investigating E. coli infection in 26 individuals who consumed Gort's Gouda products. There have been 12 infection cases in B.C., 10 in Alberta, two in Saskatchewan, and one case each in Manitoba and Quebec.
They became ill some time between July and September, and one died from health complications due to infection. All Gort's Gouda stock made after May 27 has been destroyed and a recall was ordered for products on store shelves.
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