Tue Jul 9, 2013 12:11 am (PDT) . Posted by:
of which you spare yourself the sight.”
– Albert Schweitzer
Projectile diarrhea is a common symptom of
listeria infections. Imagine the pain suffered
by those experiencing extreme gastrointestinal
pain associated with bloody stools.
This past week, federal agencies confirmed that
the deadly cheese was sold by Whole Foods.
How bad could that cheese have been?
The deadly cheese was manufactured by the Crave
Brothers, an award-winning Wisconsin artisanal
cheese maker. How bad could that cheese have been?
The deadly cheeses were tainted with listeria and are
today, the subject of a nationwide recall. The milk
to make that cheese came from a tiny family factory
farm consisting of 1,500 diseased Holsteins.
One person died in Minnesota after cheese became
a last meal. Others became violently sick in the
appropriately named state of ILLinois. Cheese
consumers have suffered similar bouts of bloody
projectile diarrhea in Ohio and Indiana.
The illnesses and death occurred in May and June, and
rigorous laboratory testing was completed during this
first week of July, 2013. The cheese-maker was alerted
to the death and illnesses by FDA on July 1, 2013.
The special thing about listeria infection, is that
it can take up to six weeks to culture in the human
body, so that random illnesses will continue through
the summer. Based upon past experience, many cases
will not be reported to the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) or Centers for Dis-Ease Control (CDC).
One pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage after
eating this magnificent cheese. About 50,000 8-ounce
packages of Crave cheeses have been marketed by
Whole Foods stores during the past four months.
“The dead cannot cry out for justice. It
is a duty of the living to do so for them.”
– Lois McMaster Bujold