October 25, 2016

Retail List Released for Recalled E. coli Adams Farm Meats

The USDA has released the retail consignment list for recalled Adams Farm Slaughterhouse beef, veal, and buffalo products that are linked to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in four states. Those products were sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The original recall notice stated that the meat was sold in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York and mentioned that it may have been distributed in neighboring states.

Beef Roast

You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site. They include beef cuts including beef for stewing, sirloin steak, strip steak, t-bone steak, tenderloin steak, and eye round roast, among others. The veal cuts being recalled include rib chops, loin chops, tenderloin, osso buco, and roasts, among others. And the bison cuts recalled include rolled chuck roast, standing rib roast, rib eye steak, and Delmonico steak, among others. All of the products will have the establishment nubmer “EST. 5497” inside the USDA mark of inspection and have various lot numbers. They were sold in farmer’s markets, at retail locations, and through restaurants.

Please look at the list of retail establishments that sold the recalled products carefully. If you are not sure whether or not you bought any recalled meat, contact the management. The list indicates that most of the venues selling these products were local markets, farm stands, and farms. No grocery store chains are listed on the establishment list as of September 27, 2016. If you did buy some, do not eat it, even if you are going to cook it thoroughly. Discard the meat in a sealed container or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund. Wash your hands well with soap and water after handling these products.

An E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is linked to these recalled products. Based on an epidemiological and traceback investigations, FSIS found that seven people sickened with the same strain of STEC have been identified in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Illness onset dates range from June 27, 2016 to September 4, 2016.

Five of those patients have been interviewed by public health officials. All of them ate beef products supplied by Adams Farm Slaughterhouse before becoming ill.

The symptoms of an E. coli O157:H7 infection include severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea that may be watery and/or bloody, and a mild fever. Symptoms usually appear two to eight days after exposure to the pathogenic bacteria. This illness should not be treated with antibiotics, as that may increase the risk of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a serious complication that can be life-threatening.

The symptoms of HUS include little or no urine output, easy bruising, a skin rash, paleness, lethargy, and bleeding from the nose or mouth. This is a potentially fatal complication, and anyone experiencing these symptoms should be taken to a doctor immediately.

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