Adams Farm Slaughterhouse Recalls Meat Products Due to Possible Health Risk

the beef, veal, and bison may be contaminated by e. coli

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September 28, 2016

Adams Farm Slaughterhouse is recalling beef, veal, and bison products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The raw intact and non-intact beef products originated from animals slaughtered in July and August, 2016, and further processed and packed on various dates between July 21, and September 22, 2016.

The affected products have an establishment number of EST. 5497 inside the USDA mark of inspection and have 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.

For a full list of the products subjected to this recall see the FSIS release.

The recalled items were shipped to farmer's markets, retail locations, and restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and eastern New York. The products may have been shipped to neighboring states in the immediate area.

FSIS was notified of an investigation of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses on September 16, 2016. Working in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FSIS determined that there is a link between beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse and this illness cluster.

Based on the epidemiological investigation, seven case-patients have been identified in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia with illness onset dates ranging from June 27, 2016 to September 4, 2016. Traceback information was available for five case-patients and indicated that all five case-patients consumed beef products supplied by Adams Farms Slaughterhouse.

FSIS continues to work with public health partners on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps two to eight days (three to four days, on average) after exposure the organism. While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under five years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers' freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

For more information regarding this recall, consumers can contact Adams Farm Slaughterhouse at (978) 249-9441.

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