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E. Coli Worries Trigger Recall of Adams Farm Meat Products
Possible E. coli contamination has led to recall of raw beef, veal and Bison products from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse of Massachusetts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says.
The products, which may be contaminated with potentially deadly E. coli O157:H7, are from animals slaughtered on July 15, 25, and 27, 2016 and August 3, 8, 10, 11, 17, 24 and 26, 2016, and further processed and packed between July 21, and September 22, 2016.
The recalled products have the establishment number EST. 5497 inside the USDA mark of inspection and the lot numbers: 120361, 121061, 121761, 121861, 122161, 122261, 122361, 122461, 122861, 123061, 123161, 123261, 123561, 123661, 123861, 124561, 125261, 125861, 125961, 124261, 120461, 120961, 121161, 121661, 124461, 125061, 126661.
The products were distributed to farmer’s markets, retail locations, and restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and eastern New York, and may also have been shipped to neighboring states, according to FSIS.
E. coli O157:H7 can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2 to 8 days after exposure. Most people recover within a week, but some develop kidney failure.
Consumers with the recalled products should not eat them, but rather throw them away or return them to the place of purchase, FSIS said.
Adams Farm said it has narrowed the point of contamination to two days in the middle of August and said the FSIS order to recall products from all animals slaughtered over 7 weeks is “both unjustified and unrealistic,” and an “over-reaction.”