Coles has pulled a popular cheese product from its Coles Finest range from shelves and has urged anyone who has bought it not to eat it.
The Coles Finest Australian Organic Washed Rind Raw 500g cheese was recalled on Monday after quality testing revealed microbial contamination of E.Coli in small batches of the product.
“Customers must not consume this product, and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice,” a statement from the supermarket read.
“Coles is liaising with the supplier and the regulators regarding further steps.”
The affected batch of cheese has been on shelves and available online in Victoria and Tasmania since December 14.
Coles is recalling Coles Finest Australian Organic Washed Rind Raw approx. 500g cheese sold in Victoria and Tasmania through Coles Supermarkets and Coles Online.
Only the washed rind cheese with a use by date between December 14 2022 and February 1 2023 is affected.
Some strains of E.Coli can cause illnesses including stomach pain, nausea and vomiting.
More serious cases of poisoning can lead to life-threatening complications, which can cause kidney failure and death.
Customers who purchased the cheese can return it to any Coles supermarket for a full refund, and online customers can receive a full refund or credit by contacting the customer care hotline on 1800 455 400.
Only the specific batch of washed rind raw cheese is affected, and all other Coles Finest brand cheeses remain safe to eat.
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