New Seasons expands ground beef recall
The Oregon Health Authority expanded its recall of fresh ground beef sold at local New Seasons Markets. The grocery company reported Nov. 9 that ground beef sold at meat counters in three of its stores could be contaminated with E. coli.
The recalled beef was sold at the North Lombard, North Interstate and Cedar Hills stores between Oct. 19 and Nov. 8. The product comes in 5%, 10% and 20% fat content varieties and is ground at the stores prior to sale. The store originally said the beef was sold between Oct. 19 and Oct. 23. OHA recommends customers who purchased the ground beef between these dates throw it away.
Four Portland-area residents have become ill with E. coli O157:H7 infection after eating the tainted ground beef, the Health Authority reported Nov. 10. All are recovering from the illness.
According to OHA, E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). The condition is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly, and it can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.
OHA identified the outbreak after laboratory tests conducted at the Oregon State Public Health Laboratory determined that an identical strain of E. coli O157:H7 was present in all three patients.
New Seasons Market has suspended the sale of the product while the Oregon Department of Agriculture continues its investigation into the cause of the outbreak.
You can find the New Seasons Market recall page here.
You can find the U.S. Center for Disease Control E. coli page here.
You can find the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food safety page here.
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