Ottawa Co. farm recalls 20k pounds of cheese; 7 sickened by E.coli

State sample of Grassfields Cheese tests positive for bacteria

Grassfields Cheese voluntary cheese recall
Cheese lines the shelves of Grassfields Cheese in Coopersville. (Grassfields Cheese)

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) – An Ottawa County cheesemaker is voluntarily recalling 20,000 pounds of organic cheese after seven people reported becoming ill.

Grassfields Cheese LLC of Coopersville issued the nationwide recall Wednesday. The company said the cheese may be contaminated with E. coli, a bacteria that can cause cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

The company said between March and July 2016, seven people were sickened by the same strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. A sample of Grassfields cheese tested positive for the bacteria, according to a state lab.

While most E.coli infections are mild, about 5 percent to 10 percent of patients develop a potentially life-threatening complication that can shut down their kidneys, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The recall involves all types and sizes of organic cheeses manufactured between Dec. 1, 2015 and June 1, 2016, including:

  • Gouda
  • Onion ‘n Garlic
  • Country Dill
  • Leyden
  • Edam
  • Lamont Cheddar
  • Chili Cheese
  • Fait Fras
  • Polkton Corners
  • Crofters

The recalled cheeses were sold online and from Grassfields Cheese’s Coopersville store, located at 14238 60th Ave.

Customers who purchased the recalled cheese may return it. For additional information, contact Grassfields Cheese during regular business hours at 616.997.8251 or at


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CDC – Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

**CORRECTION: The original version of this story listed the manufacture end date as Jan. 1 instead of June 1.  We regret this error, which has since been corrected.**

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