The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has linked at least two deaths back to beef packaged by Fairbank Farms of Ashville, New York (NY). In addition to the two deaths, the beef has also caused at least 26 other illnesses and likely dozens more that have gone unreported.
The beef was packaged and sold at BJ’s, Trader Joes, ACME, Price Chopper, Lancaster, Wild Harvest, Shaw’s, Ford Brothers and Giant stores in North Carolina (NC) and several other states including Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania , Virginia, and New Hampshire. It is being sold in package form either as ground beef or pre-made meatloaf. So far the US Department of Agriculture has linked the beef to E. Coli related illnesses in Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts.
Fairbank Farms issued a recall for the packaged beef that was sold between September 14th through September 16th and none of the affected meat should still be on store shelves. However, some of this meat may still be in consumer freezers. Consumers are urged to check all of their frozen meat and return any meat packaged by Fairbank Farms between these dates to the store it was purchased for a full refund.
E. Coli is a form a food poisoning that affected hundreds of thousands of people in the United States each year. Typically, E. Coli shows up in a person’s system two to eight days after it was consumed. The bacteria make people extremely ill. The most common symptoms include nausea, fever, vomiting and dehydration. E. Coli can lead to death in some individuals.
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