Coles recalls its ‘Finest’ cheese after traces of E. coli found

A popular cheese has been pulled from Coles shelves after traces of a dangerous contaminant were discovered.

The product – Coles Finest Australian Organic Washed Rind Raw – has been available for sale online and in-store throughout Victoria and Tasmania since December 14.

Coles has recalled one of its cheese products after E. coli was detected.Credit:Bloomberg

Testing revealed traces of E. coli in small batches, which could make people sick.

“Customers must not consume this product, and anyone concerned about their health should seek medical advice,” Coles said in a statement on Monday.

“Coles is liaising with the supplier and the regulators regarding further steps.”

No other Coles cheeses or products are affected by the recall.

Customers can return the product for a refund and contact Coles for further information.

E. coli is a type of mostly harmless bacteria found in the environment, foods and intestines of people and animals, however, some strains can make people sick.

Infections can lead to diarrhoea and food poisoning or more serious illnesses such as pneumonia.

The Health Department has been contacted for comment.

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