While the CDC, New York and Colorado have reported no new illnesses related to the recent recall of bison meat by Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, the area over which the E. coli tainted products may have been distributed has expanded much further than originally thought. Now, 66,776 pounds of bison has been recalled over 25 states and about 156 stores, as well as Puerto Rico.
With that many pounds of bison meat in circulation and being recalled, there is no doubt that many people across the nation possibly have the tainted bison meat in their freezers. Hopefully, no other individuals will become ill with the E. coli food poisoning bacteria, and so far there are six known illnesses in New York and Colorado that are linked to this outbreak.
According to the USDA, the tainted bison products were carried in Market Basket, King Soopers, Price Chopper and Whole Foods stores. It was first reported that the bison products were sold to food service distributors in Utah, Arizona and Nevada, but now appears that it may have also been distributed to supermarkets nationwide, including Rhode Island. The CDC and Food and Drug Administration claim there is a high risk of becoming ill with E. coli O157:H7 if the bison products in question are consumed.
So far, one Colorado resident has filed a law suit after contracting E. coli from eating the tainted products.
Food poisoning usually produces only mild symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps and nausea in healthy individuals, however some people are at higher risk of developing serious complications. These include the very young, the frail or elderly and those with a weakened immune system. Anyone who becomes ill with the symptoms above after eating foods that could be contaminated should seek medical assistance.
If you or a loved one has become ill with E. coli after eating foods purchased from a supermarket or prepared in a restaurant, daycare or other public facility, contact a New York food poisoning attorney to learn how you may be eligible for compensation of costs related to your illness.
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