CDC Announces the end of the Ground Bison E. coli Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on September 13, 2019, the end of the multistate E.coli outbreak caused by ground bison. And while this does not mean there will be no additional victims, says Ground Bison E. coli Lawyer Ron Simon, it does man that the CDC believes the product has been taken out of circulation and new illnesses are less likely. According to Simon, “the biggest threat now is that presence of ground bison in freezers, because freezing does not kill E. coli, and families remain at risk if they still have this product in their homes.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local partners in the U.S., and with the support of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), investigated a multistate outbreak of E. coli O121 and E. coli O103 illnesses likely linked to ground bison supplied by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. of Saint-Leonard, Québec, Canada. The ground bison distributed by the Canadian company was officially recalled on July 16, 2019.
The FDA and CDC announced that during their investigation they analyzed trace back and epidemiological information to determine that ground bison supplied by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. was the likely cause of the illnesses. FDA laboratory analysis of bison patties packed by the firm on February 26th, 2019, confirmed the presence of one of the outbreak strains of E. coli. According to the FDA, the Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. was forthcoming with information to aid in the investigation and publicly announced a voluntary recall on July 16, 2019. This recall included ground bison meat and bison patties produced between February 22 and April 30, 2019.
During the multistate E. coli outbreak, caused by ground bison, there was a total of 33 reported cases of people infected with the E. coli strains in 8 states. According to the CDC of the reported cases, 8 people were diagnosed with the strain of STEC O103, 21 with STEC O121, and 4 people were infected with both strains. The cases of people affected with the outbreak were reported from March 18, 2019, to August 11, 2019. A total of 18 people who fell ill required hospitalization, but thankfully there were no known cases of a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), or deaths as linked to the E. coli outbreak.
The FDA has recommended that because the product is frozen and may still be in freezers, distributors, retailers, restaurants should be very careful not to distribute, use or serve ground bison recalled by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. Consumers should not eat products prepared using recalled ground bison sold under the Northfork Bison label including bison burgers sold to retailers in 4 x 4-ounce packages with expiration dates through October 8, 2020.
Ground Bison E. coli Lawyer, Ron Simon, a national E. coli lawyer, stated “STEC organisms are extremely virile: they can survive for weeks on surfaces such as kitchen counters and food preparation surfaces, and over a year within other materials. Unfortunately, a very small amount of E. coli in one’s system can be deadly, and the infectious dose of E. coli has been reported to be approximately 100 bacteria. Such a low infectious dose enables person-to-person transmission of STEC, which leads to secondary cases in which individuals who have physical contact with an infected person become ill.”
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