Yesterday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the end to an Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) outbreak caused by contaminated beef products.
Last month, we reported on a multistate E. coli outbreak that was traced back to Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, MA based on epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence. The company’s beef, bison and veal products were promptly recalled on September 24th.
The CDC has officially tallied a total of 11 cases in five affected states--Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Seven were hospitalized. No deaths in relation to the outbreak have been reported. All victims fell ill between June 27, 2016 and September 10, 2016.
An undated notice posted on AdamsFarm.biz states that “E. coli O157:H7 has not been found in any the company’s products or in the manufacturing facility”.
Although the CDC believes the outbreak appears to be over, consumers who still have the contaminated meat products in their homes could eventually become sick. Visit FSIS.USDA.gov to see the official list of recalled products and lot numbers.