Ground bison meat produced by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., has been linked to an E. coli outbreak in seven states including New Jersey, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Twenty-one people in Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania have been infected with the E. coli O103 and O121 strains.
Eight of those people were hospitalized, but no deaths or cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, have been reported.
Two cases have been reported in New Jersey.
Interviews with ill people and records collected from restaurants indicate that ground bison produced by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., is the likely source of this outbreak.
Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., in Saint-Leonard, Quebec, Canada, recalled ground bison on July 16, 2019 that was produced between February 22, 2019, and April 30, 2019. Recalled ground bison was sold to distributors as ground bison and bison patties, referred to as Bison Burgers and/or Buffalo Burgers. Recalled ground bison was also sold to retailers in 4-ounce burger patties.
Consumers who have recalled ground bison burger patties in their home should not eat them. Throw them away or return them to the store for a refund. Even if some of the recalled patties have been eaten and no one got sick, do not eat them.
Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell recalled ground bison and should check freezers and storage for recalled products.
Symptoms of E. coli Infection
- People usually get sick from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) 3 to 4 days after swallowing the germ.
- Symptoms often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting, and usually last 5 to 7 days.
- Some people with a STEC infection may get a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.
- For more information, see Symptoms of E. coli Infection.