Seven people in four states have been confirmed with infections from the outbreak strain of E. coli. Of the five victims interviewed as of Thursday, all five reported eating ground beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse LLC in Athol, MA, before becoming ill, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The illnesses have onset dates ranging from June 27 through Sept. 4. The seven victims live in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. They range in age from 1 to 74 years old. Five of them have had symptoms so serious that they required hospitalization, the CDC reported in its initial outbreak announcement Saturday.Health officials notified the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Sept. 16 about the outbreak, according to the recall notice posted Saturday on the FSIS website.No estimate of the how many pounds of meat is included in the recall was provided in the notice. Where the meat was distributed was also somewhat unclear as of Saturday afternoon.“These 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,”according to the recall notice.

The recall covers 27 lots of raw meat and includes more than 120 beef, veal and bison products ranging from whole carcasses to ground meat.

“FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers,” according to the recall notice. “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.”

Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled meat and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should immediately seek medical attention and inform their health care providers of the possible exposure.

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps beginning two to eight days after exposure to the organism.

While most people recover within a week, some develop a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), according to federal officials. This condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old and older adults. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor, and decreased urine output.

Recall specifics
The raw intact and non-intact beef products originated from animals slaughtered on July 15, 25, and 27, and Aug. 3, 8, 10, 11, 17, 24 and 26, and were further processed and packed on various dates between July 21 and Sept 22. The bison products under recall are from animals slaughtered Aug. 17.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number EST. 5497 printed inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled products have one or more of the following 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; and
  • 126661.

The products subject to this recall include:

  • Beef — whole beef carcasses, beef cuts, beef trim, beef for stewing, beef flat iron, chuck roast bone-in, chuck roast boneless, rolled chuck roast, standing rib roast, rolled rib roast, rib eye steak with bone, rib eye steak boneless, Delmonico steak, sirloin steak, New York strip steak, sirloin strip steak, T-bone steak, porterhouse steak, tenderloin steak, boneless New York sirloin steak, sirloin steak, New York sirloin steak bone-in, eye of round roast, top round steak, top round roast, beef kabobs made from top round, shoulder roast, London broil steak cut from the shoulder, bottom round roast, face rump roast, tri-tip roast, London broil steak made from round, skirt steak, flank steak, ground beef, ground beef patties, beef loin New York shell steak, beef club steak, beef heart, beef liver, beef oxtail, whole liver, beef brisket, whole tenderloin, face rump, bottom round flat, whole chuck bone-in, whole chuck boneless, whole rib eye, whole sirloin strip, top butt, whole top round and beef soup bones sometimes called shanks;
  • Veal — veal whole carcass, veal cuts, veal trim, osso buco, veal stew meat, ground veal, veal shoulder, veal rib chops, veal loin chops, veal steaks, veal round steak, veal cutlets, veal tenderloin and veal roast; and
  • Bison — bison cuts, bison trim, bison for stewing, bison flat iron, chuck roast bone-in, chuck roast boneless, rolled chuck roast, standing rib roast, rolled rib roast, rib eye steak with bone, rib eye steak boneless, Delmonico steak, sirloin steak, New York strip steak, sirloin strip steak, T-bone steak, porterhouse steak, tenderloin steak, boneless New York sirloin steak, sirloin steak, New York sirloin steak bone-in, eye of round roast, top round steak, top round roast, bison kabobs made from top round, shoulder roast, London broil steak cut from the shoulder, bottom round roast, face rump roast, tri-tip roast, London broil steak made from round, skirt steak, flank steak, ground bison, ground bison patties, bison loin New York shell steak, bison club steak, bison heart, bison liver, bison oxtail, whole liver, bison brisket, whole tenderloin, face rump, bottom round flat, whole chuck bone-in, whole chuck boneless, whole rib eye, whole sirloin strip, top butt, whole top round, and bison soup bones sometimes called shanks.

The FSIS is working in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the outbreak investigation.