July 27, 2016 — More than 8,800 pounds of raw ground beef has been recalled for possible E. coli contamination after an outbreak sickened 14 people in New Hampshire.
The USDA announced the recall after traceback investigations for 8 case-patients led back to a single day of production at PT Farm.
The ground beef was produced in North Haverhill, New Hampshire between June 6 and June 16, 2016. Illnesses occurred between June 15 and July 10.
The recalled product brand-names:
- Chestnut Farms
- PT Farm
- Miles Smith Farm
- Robie Farm
The ground beef was distributed in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The products bear establishment number “M8868” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
All of the victims have were sickened by the same strain of E. coli, prompting the New Hampshire Department of Health to investigate the source.
The E. coli O157:H7 strain produces Shiga toxin and causes severe, bloody diarrhea for up to a week. About 5-10% of patients develop a type of kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Ground beef is a known source of E. coli and it is important to avoid eating under-cooked ground beef. The bacteria is destroyed by cooking meat to at least 160°F or 70˚C.
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