E. coli cases have recently been reported in four American states, namely Massachusetts, Connecticut, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The bacterium was related to meat products originating from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse. Veal, Bison, and beef products have been recalled from the shelves as a caution measure.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service stated in a press release that people who have recently brought products from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse should not consume them. People have the possibility to return the goods to the stores.
According to officially released information, the meat originates from animals which were killed this summer, in the months of July and August. Most of the infected packages contain whole carcasses, trims, stew meat, and ribs, among others. People who purchased such products are advised to either throw them away or to take them back to the store.
Authorities advise customers to get information on the supplier of the meat products they have bought. People at the stores which sell the products can provide them with such information.
Adams Farm Slaughterhouse delivered meat packages to markets and restaurants in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. So far, seven E. coli contamination cases were reported in the U.S. Three of them are in Massachusetts, two in Connecticut, one in Pennsylvania, and one in West Virginia. The link between the cases is that all the patients consumed products from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse.
Officials from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse announced the recall of veal, bison and beef products as soon as they had the confirmation of the bacterium. At that time, five people were already infected and diagnosed with the E. coli infection.
E.coli is the abbreviation from Escherichia coli, a type of bacterium which can trigger several health problems to people. Patients infected with E. coli have symptoms such as abdominal cramps, dehydration, and bloody diarrhea, which can last for several days. Minor infections are usually cured within seven days. However, severe forms of the disease can lead to kidney complications, as specialists warn.
Adams Farm Slaughterhouse is an appreciated business. However, the recall might bring bad reviews and a bad reputation for them. The establishment experienced a similar situation six years ago after one person reported not feeling well after consuming one of their products. Nevertheless, the 2010 incident was not as significant and serious as the current situation.
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