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Product recall affects beef, bison, veal products

Few Virginians have the time, physical space or interest in growing and producing all of the food they consume. Therefore, Virginians rely on food products grown by local producers or major national companies to feed themselves and their families. Unfortunately, however, sometimes these products are unsafe and can cause illnesses without warning.

Recently, incidents of illness followed an E. coli outbreak and has led to a product recall of beef products in several states. At least seven people have become sick from an E. coli infection, and five of those seven required hospitalization. The victims ranged in age from one to 74 and lived in states near and even bordering Virginia.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the likely cause of the E. coli outbreak is from beef products that were contaminated in a slaughterhouse on the East Coast. The company's products were shipped to various restaurants, retailers and farmers' markets in nearby states. The farm has recalled veal, bison and beef products due to the E. coli outbreak. There is some disagreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the farm regarding how much of the company's products it was necessary to recall. The USDA instructed the farm to recall products that were slaughtered over the course of seven weeks, which it did, but the farm contends that the contamination occurred only over a two-day period and believes the USDA overreacted in its requirements.

An E. coli infection can include symptoms of stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea and dehydration. Some serious cases may lead to kidney failure, particularly in the elderly and young children. This is a serious infection that can lead to significant injury or illness for individuals if not treated properly.

If you believe you have been affected by this outbreak of E. coli, or another potentially dangerous product, you may wish to consult with an attorney regarding your rights and legal options.

Source: CNN, "Multistate E. coli outbreak leads to meat recall," Hailey Middlebrook, Sept. 26, 2016

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