Raw milk cheese has been identified by officials as the culprit of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 11 people and killed one person.
According to The Canadian Press, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Public Health Agency of Canada issued warnings earlier in the week about a batch of raw milk cheese from Gort’s Gouda Cheese Farm in British Columbia.
In the wake of the outbreak, co-owner of the farm has publically apologized and is working with officials to figure out how E. coli contaminated the products.
"We are so sorry and we are trying to get to the source of the E. coli, but we don't know the source and we don't know what happened," Kathy Wikkerink, co-owner of the farm, tearfully told reports.
The Globe and Mail reports that while the incident involving Gort’s is rare, one Seattle lawyer who specializes in food contamination cases believes that similar incidents have increased as unpasteurized dairy products have become more popular.