Bison Meat Recalled By Colorado Company Due To E.Coli Infection

July 5th, 2010 - 7:16 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
Bison MeatHenderson, Colorado, July 5, (THAINDIAN NEWS) An estimated 66,000 pounds of bison meat has been recalled by a company based in Colorado after it is being suspected that the meat might be contaminated with a potentially harmful strain of E. Coli bacteria. Officials of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service revealed on Friday that the decision to recall the bison meat was taken after five cases of illnesses due to a deadly E. Coli strain 0157:H7 is presumed to have been associated with the products.

The meat products that was being recalled by the Rocky Mountain Natural Meats based in Henderson, Colorado had been manufactured between May 21 and May 27 and was distributed to retail stores all across the country as well as to the food service distributors based in the states of Utah and Arizona. The USDA has further emphasized in that the agency was working in association with the public health departments based in Colorado and New York to know more about the implications of the E. Coli infection. At the same time, assistance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as Rocky Mountain Natural Meats is also being undertaken in the investigation, USDA has said.

However, USDA officials have also expressed concern that one of the disturbing factor of the present situation was that some products may still be frozen in the freezers of the consumers. The bacteria E. Coli can be potentially very harmful with symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, cramping as well as dehydration. In extreme cases, E. Coli infection can also lead to kidney failure.

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