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5 people became sick between August and October: BCCDC

British Columbians who have Little Qualicum Cheeseworks’ Qualicum Spice cheese in their homes are being asked to throw it out or return it after an E. coli outbreak was linked to the product.
A raw milk cheese made on Vancouver Island has been linked to an E. coli outbreak, prompting a warning from the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

Anyone who has Little Qualicum Cheeseworks' Qualicum Spice cheese in their home is asked to return it or throw it away, according to a BCCDC statement released on Tuesday.

The cheese, made by Little Qualicum Cheeseworks, tested positive for E. coli bacteria after five people became sick between August and October.

E.coli cases rise to 24 in B.C. cheese recall
Qualicum Spice is an unpasteurized cheese that is only sold in B.C. It's distributed in grocery stores, farmers' markets, wineries, restaurants and at the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks farmgate store.

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks has voluntarily recalled the product. None of the cheesemaker's other products are being recalled at this time.


People who become ill from E. coli may have no symptoms while others may require hospitalization.

The following symptoms can appear within one to 10 days after infection:

Severe stomach cramps.
Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea.
Little or no fever.
Anyone who becomes sick after eating the cheese is asked to stay hydrated and practise good handwashing to prevent the spread of illness.

Antibiotics and anti-diarrhea medications should not be used to treat an E. coli infection unless prescribed.