13 Children With Kidney Failure After Eating Cheese Sold In Quebec
The cheese has been linked to E. coli.
The Government of Canada has issued a recall of Le Pic brand "Saint-Félicien" cheese sold by La Fromagerie Hamel due to a possible E. coli contamination.
According to Food Safety News, there are now 13 cases of children who have developed "hemolytic uremic syndrome" (HUS) due to eating the contaminated cheese.
The symptoms of HUS include bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting, weakness and acute kidney failure.
The Government of Canada gives the following details in regards to the recalled cheese.
Brand: Le Pic
Common Name: Saint-Félicien
Size: 180 g
Codes: "All codes up to and including April 29, 2019"
UPC: 0 20060641300 0
On the Canadian Food Inspection Agency page, they warn Canadians to call their doctor if they think they've become sick from consuming the aforementioned product.
If you have the recalled product in your home, discard of it immediately. It "may not look or smell spoiled" but will still make you sick if it is contaminated.
They also note that "in severe cases" people can suffer from "seizures or strokes, permanent kidney damage," or require "blood transfusions and kidney dialysis."
The cheese, which is made in France, has caused Santé publique France to begin "epidemiological, microbiological, and food traceability investigations," according to Food Safety News, so that they can determine the source of the contamination.
We will update you with any further details, as they arise.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article stated that La Fromagerie Hamel "made" the cheese currently under recall, but they are, in fact, simply the importers.