Bravo Farms is tracking down source of E. Coli

TRAVER, Calif.

While its cheese processing plant was at a standstill Bravo Farms' store and restaurant remained busy on Wednesday just one day after the company recalled all of its cheese products.

The expanded recall came just two weeks after Bravo Farms' initially recalled its Dutch-Style Gouda cheese, which is sold at Costco stores. The cheese was found to be contaminated with E Coli. At least 25 people in five states have gotten sick. An Arizona woman has even filed a lawsuit.

Customers here in Traver were saddened that bravo farms cheese production has temporarily come to a halt.

Visalia resident, Anna Gainey said, "I think it's a pity we really like coming out here and I hope they get everything running again."

Torrance resident, Rich Zinniger said, "this time they don't have some of the cheeses my feeling is it's better to be safe than sorry it's much better to have an odd person inconvenience than get someone sick."

Action News did talk with Bravo Farms official's off-camera who said they were hoping to get this issue resolved a lot sooner adding that the timing right before the holidays is unfortunate.

Bravo Farms has hired a private lab to perform tests on all of its cheese. Local grocery stores which used to carry Bravo Farms cheese hope the company can rebound from this recall.

Best Buy Markets, Skip Nugent adds, "We all try to promote each other and we've been a big supporter of local products bravo farms for one and when it happens to somebody it hurts."

Officials hope to track down how the Gouda was contaminated and fix the problem by Christmas.

Customers with questions about the cheese recall can call Bravo Farms at 559-897-4634.

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