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E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Beef, Veal, Bison Products Voluntary Recall

Oct 4, 2016

The Adams Farm Slaughterhouse has issued a voluntary recall of beef, veal and bison products due to concerns that the products may contain E. coli bacteria, reports the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection service.

A minimum of seven people in four states have been identified as infected with a possibly deadly strain of E. coli, O157:H7. It is believed to be connected to the Adams Farm Slaughterhouse, according to the USDA.

The infected individuals became sick from June 27 to September 4 and were identified in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Five patients have reportedly required hospitalization, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC). Those sickened were ages 1 to 74 years old. The CDC reports that 57 percent were female, reports ABC News.

So far, of the five patients interviewed, all five reported consuming Adams Farms Slaughterhouse products, according to the USDA. In addition to interviews, the CDC uses a national database designed to identify and catch emerging outbreaks by looking for DNA matches from bacterial samples of those people who were infected. The indication was that they were likely infected by the same source, according to ABC News.

Products had been shipped to various locations, including farmers' markets, retail locations and restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and eastern New York, according to the USDA. They might also have been shipped to neighboring states, said the USDA.

The affected products involved in the recall were from animals slaughtered on July 15, 25, and 27 and August 3, 8, 10, 11, 17, 24, and 26 and were packed on various dates from July 21 to September 22, according to the CDC. The products made from animals slaughtered before July 15 were not recalled since products made earlier that the recall dates would have expired anyway, a federal official remarked to ABC News.

The USDA continues to investigate and will expand the recall if necessary, a USDA spokesman said. Affected products have “EST. 5497” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

E. coli O157:H7 may cause potentially life-threatening infections, particularly in older adults, young children, and people with compromised immune systems. Symptoms can include diarrhea and abdominal cramps. In severe cases, patients may develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, ABC News reports.

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