Vernon and North Okanagan
Salmon Arm cheese back on the shelves
Oct 21, 2013 / 12:13 pm
Health officials have determined a Salmon Arm cheese company can resume operations.
The BC Centre for Disease Control says Gort's Gouda Cheese Farm is meeting provincial standards.
The farm was ordered to stop selling its products mid-September after an outbreak of e.coli was linked to products produced on the farm.
An 85-year-old Vernon woman, Cory Van der Linde, died after eating the cheese.
Several other people in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan became ill.
According to the BCCDC, Gort's has discarded its products and a thorough review and inspection of its operations has been carried out.
As a result, the farm can again resume production and distribution of both its pasteurized and non-pasteurized Gouda cheese products.
"There will be conditions which the operator must meet as they resume," says Lynn Wilcott, acting director of food protection services with the BCCDC.
"Gort's must conduct tests of unpasteurized cheese before it leaves the plant. Those results will be reviewed regularly by provincial inspectors."
Inspectors with the BCCDC, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Interior Health will continue to monitor the operation and periodically conduct inspections to ensure that production safety standards are maintained."
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