Connecticut farms among those dealing with E. coli outbreak

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The state Department of Public Health said it identified 14 farms in Connecticut that may have received tainted beef included in an E.coli outbreak recall.

The farms received the processed beef from Adams Slaughterhouse in Athol, MA. An E.coli outbreak involved meat from the slaughterhouse sickened several people in a number of states, including two in Connecticut.

The state Department of Agriculture is working with farmers’ markets to determine if any beef, veal, and/or bison meat vendors at the markets have had any animals processed at the slaughterhouse.

Here are the 14 farms affected: Brookside Cattle Company in Brooklyn Campbell Farm Stand in Griswold Davis IGA in Kent Devon Point Farm in Woodstock Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm in Moosup Hayes Dairy in North Granby Maple View Farm in Granby Ox Hollow Farm in Roxbury Sherman IGA in Sherman Stonyledge Farm in North Stonington True Love Farm in Morris Valley View Farm in Stafford Springs Vincent Farm in Canterbury Whippoorwill Farm in LakevilleMaple View Farm in Granby released a statement which it said it was notified of the voluntary recall on Friday morning.

"If you have any of our beef with the lot number 121461, please either throw it away, or contact us to return it for a refund," said Kate Bogli of Maple View Farm. "This recall does not affect any other products sold in our farm store or at any farmer’s market."

Rick Hermonot runs Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm with his wife and family. Their farm store in Moosup sells locally grown products including beef and pork. Hermonot explained that contaminated meat never made it back to his farm store.

"We sent some beef up there back in August. It's still up there it has not come back yet," Hermonot said. "We got word that do to an E-coli issue up there that quite a bit of meat was recalled."

Hermonot explained those animals had a retail value of about $8,000. Now, it’s up to the slaughterhouse to make good on the lost product.

"This is our own Turkey breast. We do this here on our farm," Hermonot said. "We have our own processing facility. Our turkey product doesn't leave here at all."

The DPH encouraged customers and retailers to check the plant code number printed on the label. The number would read Adams' Slaughterhouse #5497.

People who do not have access to the original packaging can contact the farm or retailer where they bought the meat to directly ask whether or not their product is included in the recall.

Two people in Connecticut felt the effects of the bacteria from ground beef.

Officials are looking at beef slaughtered from July 15 through Aug. 26, and processed between July 21 and Sept. 22. The slaughterhouse is recalling beef, veal and bison.

Maple View said it was devastated by the loss.

"It is not only a huge loss financially, it is a huge blow to our farming philosophy," Bogli said. "We value every life on our farm and don’t want to see even one wasted. We recognize that the reason you buy your meat from our farm is because of the quality of our product. We know you trust how the animals live their lives and how their lives end. This recall is not the result of how our meat was raised. Our product has not tested positive for E. coli."

The U.S.D.A.'s E-coli farm list doesn't necessarily mean the tainted product ever made it back to the farm stand.

"We got listed as one of the farms impacted by the recall technically because we had product up there being processed, but it hasn't come home yet," Hermonot said.

Eyewitness News visited and talked to the owners of several other farms on the U.S.D.A. E-coli list. They said they've all cooperated immediately removing the recalled items that were on hand.

E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and a fever. Patients who contract it usually get better within 5 to 7 days.

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