September 28, 2016: Massachusetts Department Of Health Investigates Adams Farm E. Coli Outbreak Cases

Adams Farm E. Coli Outbreak Advisory – On September 28, 2016, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDH) issued a Public Health Advisory alerting consumers of the beef recall and E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to certain Adams Farm Slaughterhouse meats. The MDH reported that the agency continues to investigate E. coli O157:H7 cases linked to beef from Adams Farm in Athol, Mass.

Adams Farm E. Coli Recall

On September 24, 2016, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released a recall notice for beef products processed between July 15 and September 22, 2016, at Adams Farm Slaughterhouse. According to the press release:

“The products subject to recall bear establishment number 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.”

A full list of the recalled beef, veal, and bison can be found at USDA Beef Recall.

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

Recalled foods should not be sold, served to others, or consumed. The MDH cautioned 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.”

Adams Farm E. Coli Outbreak

The MDH is 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.

On September 24, 2016, the CDC announced that a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections were linked to Adams Farm beef products. According to the agency, seven E. coli cases were identified in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, with illness onset dates ranging from June 27, 2016 to September 4, 2016. Product trace back information was available for 5 of these case-patients indicating that all 5 patients consumed beef products supplied by Adams Farms Slaughterhouse.

Please see E. Coli and E. Coli Symptoms to learn more E. coli foodborne illness.

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