September 27, 2016 — Adams Farm Slaughterhouse of Athol, Massachusetts has recalled beef, veal, and bison products after an outbreak of E. coli.
At least seven people were infected in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia from June 27 to September 4. No deaths were reported, but five victims were hospitalized.
All five victims who were interviewed reported eating ground beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in the week before falling ill, according to the CDC outbreak investigation.
The recalled meat was packaged from July 21 to September 22, 2016 and shipped to farmer’s markets, grocery stores, and restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and possibly other states.
The products have establishment number EST. 5497 inside the USDA mark of inspection and include several lot numbers and cuts of meat. Click here for a full list of recalled products.
The strain found in the outbreak — E. coli O157:H7 — produces Shiga toxin. The infection often causes dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and severe abdominal cramps.
While most healthy adults recover in about a week, 5-10% of victims develop a type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). None of the victims developed HUS, according to the CDC.
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