PROVIDENCE — the Rhode Island Department of Health is advising consumers that Northfork Bison Distributions of St. Leonard, Quebec, is recalling bison burgers and ground bison because they have the potential to be contaminated with a form of E. coli that can cause diarrheal illness. The meat was distributed across the East and central U.S. to institutions and retail outlets.
The FDA and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the meat was responsible for an E. coli outbreak in seven states; Florida and New York had the most cases.
The state health department said that most healthy adults can recover within a week, but some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome. HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. Illnesses have been reported in association with this recall the department said. Photos of the labels are available online.
The institutions that have bison burgers and ground bison in their inventories with production dates from Feb. 22 to April 30, 2019, should contact their distributor for a refund. The bison burgers in question have an expiration date up to Oct. 8, 2020, and can be identified by their blue boxes with the Northfork Bison logo. Retail customers are urged to return the product for a full refund.