September 28, 2016

In Canada, Recalled Pork is Suspected Source of E. coli Outbreak

E. coli bacteria electron microscopeIn Canada, recalled pork products are the suspected source of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 14 people in Alberta. A February 16 recall has been updated to include additional information.

The recalled raw pork and pork organ products, supplied by Hillview Meat Processor, may include raw muscle meat cuts, ground pork, sausages, and raw ready-to-eat products. They were sold fresh and frozen and were distributed only in Alberta.

Consumers who have purchased they products should not eat them, nor should food service establishments, retailers, distributors and manufacturers in Alberta, use or sell them as E. coliO157:H7 can cause serious illness and death.

Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which usually develop within one to three days of exposure, include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. Those most at risk are children, seniors and those with compromised immune systems. Anyone who ate the recalled products and is experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor and mention exposure to E. coli through these recalled pork products.

To reduce the risk of bacterial contamination, wash hands with soap and water after handling raw meat. Do not use utensils, cutting boards, dishes used to prepare raw meat to prepare or serve other foods without washing them thoroughly and drying them.

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