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ALERT: Hospitalizations and Fatalities Cause a Massive Meat Recall

Submitted by jrlaw on Nov 6th, 2009

This week an E-coli contamination incident and consequential meat recall occurred at a processing plant in Ashville, N.Y. Fairbank Farms has issued a massive ground beef recall, affecting nearly 546,000 pounds of meat that was delivered to stores from North Carolina to Maine, according to a current Associated Press article.

Two people died as a result of consuming the tainted meat and another 16 had to be treated in hospital. In total, 28 people are known to have become ill after eating the ground beef from Fairbank Farms. One of the fatalities is said to have occurred in a person with other underlying heath issues.

According to About.com, E. Coli is a type of bacteria that lives in the digestive tract of animals and people and spreads through the feces of an infected animal or person being ingested by another animal or person. Different strains of E. coli can cause symptoms ranging from bloody diarrhea, cramping and nausea to severe anemia, kidney failure and consequently death. E. coli can find its way into our food if feces comes in contact with the food during processing. Cooking meat thoroughly can help prevent infection from E. coli tainted meat.

Most of the meat products in stores are safe, but sometimes contamination takes place. If you or a loved one has been harmed by unsafe food it may be a product liability issue. We deal with these kinds of cases and will assess your case for free.