Raw dairy products source of E. coli outbreak in NW Missouri


An outbreak of diarrheal illness in Missouri is believed to have been caused by the consumption of E. coli-contaminated unpasteurized dairy products. According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, at least one person tested positive for E. coli O103--a strain of E. coli that produces Shiga toxin.

Homestead Creamery Artisan Cheese Recalled, Dairy License Suspended

The Missouri State Milk Board, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Health and Senior Services announced that Flory's Favorite cheese was being recalled from the marketplace due to potential contamination with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria. Homeland Creamery's dairy-license was temporarily suspended on January 14 while the creamery's products were under investigation. Flory's Favorite cheese, a 60-day aged cheese made with raw milk, was withdrawn from market. Packages of Flory's Favorite sold in Missouri are marked with "Packed On 210" on the label.

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) causes diarrhea and painful abdominal cramping in most people who become infected. STEC can cause an infection that results in acute kidney failure. The best way to determine if a person is infected with STEC is to submit a stool sample for testing.

Raw Milk and E. coli

Raw milk has been associated with multiple E. coli and other foodborne illness outbreaks. Because it is not pasteurized, harmful bacteria are not killed when raw milk is processed.

Despite the risks associated with the consumption of raw milk, families choose to drink raw milk because they have been told raw milk contains "good bacteria" and enzymes that are not present in pasteurized milk. Unfortunately, harmful pathogens like E. coli come from the same place as the "good bacteria."

Contact an Attorney

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection after consuming contaminated raw milk and you’re interested in pursuing a legal claim, you can contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation. Marler Clark is the nation’s leading law firm representing victims of E. coli outbreaks and other foodborne illnesses. The law firm has represented thousands of victims of E. coli and other foodborne illness infections, and is the only firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.

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