A recall has been issued for bison burgers, buffalo burgers and ground bison after an outbreak of e.Coli infections that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says was linked to ground bison from Norfolk Bison Distributors.
There are reports of 21 people in seven states, including Connecticut, getting sick.
Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. of St. Leonard, Quebec, Canada is recalling its Bison Burgers & Bison Ground because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli: O121 and O103, according to the recall posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
The voluntary recall is for Bison Burgers & Bison Ground distributed across the eastern and central United States to institutions and retail outlets, according to the recall.
The CDC reports that eight of the 21 people infected with E.coli have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.
The recall says this form of E. coli might cause diarrheal illness. Most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, but some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, according to the recall.
No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome have been reported, according to the CDC.
Institutions that have Bison Burgers and Bison Ground in their inventory with the production date: February 22, 2019 – April 30, 2019, are urged to contact their distributor for a full refund.
For the retail outlets, the Bison Burgers (4 x 4 oz) in question, with the expiration date up to October 8th, 2020, can be clearly identified by their blue boxes with the Northfork Bison logo prominently displayed, the recall says. Consumers who have purchased these Bison Burgers are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The CDC urges that restaurants and retailers not serve or sell recalled ground bison and to check freezers and storage for recalled products. They should also check with their supplier to determine if their ground bison has been recalled.
Consumers with questions may contact the Company at 1-888-422-0623.