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28 Sep 2016

#Massachusetts DoH Continues to Investigate #Ecoli O157:H7 Cases Linked to #Beef from #Adams #Farm in Athol, Mass. (Sept. 28 ‘16)

 

Title: #Massachusetts DoH Continues to Investigate #Ecoli O157:H7 Cases Linked to #Beef from #Adams #Farm in Athol, Mass..

Subject: Food Safety, E. Coli infection linked to beef consumption, Mass.

Source: US State of Massachusetts Department of Health, full page: (LINK).

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For Immediate Release - September 28, 2016

***PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY***

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Continues to Investigate E. coliO157:H7 Cases Linked to Beef from Adams Farm in Athol, Mass.

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BOSTON

On Saturday, September 24, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a Class 1 recall notice for meat products processed on at least 27 days between July 21 and September 22, at Adams Farm Slaughterhouse located in Athol, Mass. (USDA Establishment Number 5497).

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is currently investigating four cases of E. coli O157:H7 infection in Massachusetts residents who reported consuming beef processed by Adams Farm during the period in question.

A full list describing products and lot numbers from Adams Farm subject to this recall can be found by visiting the USDA website at the following link: www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2016/recall-087-2016-release.

Consumers who have purchased these products and still have them, fresh or frozen, should discard them or return them to the place of purchase.

The meat products listed in this recall were shipped to wholesale distributors, restaurants, retail stores, and farmer’s markets in Massachusetts and neighboring states.

Adams Farm is contacting all of its retail and wholesale customers to notify them about the recall.

The most up-to-date distribution list of retail establishments that received products from Adams Farm can be viewed by selecting the “Distribution List PDF” link on the USDA recall notice above.

 

About E. coli O157:H7

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps 2–8 days (3–4 days, on average) after exposure to 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 5 years old and in older adults. It is marked by easily bruised or grayish skin and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately. No cases of HUS have been reported in this investigation.

The DPH recommends that people should always consume only fully-cooked ground meat, regardless of place of purchase, including organic, grass-fed, and locally-sourced beef. Cooking meat to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit will kill the bacteria.

Anyone with signs or symptoms of foodborne illness should consult their health care provider, their local board of health, or the DPH Epidemiology Program at 617-983-6800, which is available 24/7.

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Keywords: USA; Updates; Massachusetts; E. Coli; Food Safety.

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