Gort’s Gouda can resume operations

Gort’s Gouda Cheese was ordered to stop selling its products after an outbreak of e.coli was linked to the operation in September.

A Salmon Arm cheese company can resume operations after health officials determined it is meeting provincial standards.

Gort’s Gouda Cheese was ordered to stop selling its products after an outbreak of e.coli was linked to the operation in September. In one case, a Vernon woman died after consuming the non-pasteurized gouda cheese.

The operation can 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,” said Lynn Wilcott, acting director of food protection services for the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

“Gort’s must conduct tests of unpasteurized cheese before it leaves the plant. Those results will be reviewed regularly by provincial inspectors.”

Inspectors with BCCDC, the Interior Health Authority and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will continue to monitor the operation and periodically conduct inspections to ensure safety standards.