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COSTCO Cheese Carries E. Coli

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Twenty-five people in five states, including eight people in Colorado, have become sick with E. coli and cheese at a Costco store promotion is suspected, according to health officials. The Bravo Farms Dutch Style Gouda cheese was given out in samples and sold during in-store promotions Oct. 14 to Oct. 17, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

E. coli is bacteria that can cause severe cramps, diarrhea and dehydration. Children younger than 5, the elderly and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible.

Eleven people reported illnesses in Arizona, three in New Mexico, two in Nevada and one in California. Officials with Washington state-based Costco say they are working with state officials to remove the tainted product from its stores.

Consumers who bought the Bravo Farms set at the "Cheese Road Shows" should bring it back to the Costco store for a full refund.