A multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (STEC O157:H7) infections is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) and officials in several states.

Ground beef/CDC
Ground beef/CDC

The outbreak, which has sickened seven people, hospitalizing five, from four states has been linked to beef products produced by Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts, according to officials.

Cases have been reported from Massachusetts (3), Connecticut (2), Pennsylvania (1) and West Virginia (1).

No one has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, and no deaths have been reported.

The outbreak has prompted Adams Farm Slaughterhouse to recall beef, veal, and Bison products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 on Saturday.

The USDA says these items were shipped to farmers’ markets, retail locations, and restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and eastern New York. The products may have been shipped to neighboring states.

The CDC recommends that consumers, restaurants, and retailers do not use, serve, or sell the recalled meat products. Don’t cook recalled meat products and eat them. Throw the meat out or return it to the place of purchase. If you throw it away, put it in a sealed bag in the trash so that children, pets, or other animals can’t eat it. Remember to check freezers for recalled meat.

The investigation is ongoing.