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On July 16, 2019, Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc. recalled ground bison 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 should not eat recalled ground bison. Restaurants and retailers should not sell or serve recalled ground bison.

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A total of 21 people infected with the outbreak strains of E. coli have been reported from seven states. Illnesses started between March 18, 2019, to June 18, 2019. Those affected range from 6 to 79 years in age. Those affected report eating ground bison in burgers at restaurants and at home.

E. coli Infections Linked to Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc.

Latest Ground Bison E. coli Outbreak Details

  • A total of 21 people infected with the outbreak strains of E. coli O103 and E. coli O121 have been reported from seven states.
  • Eight people have been hospitalized. No cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, have been reported. No deaths have been reported.
  • Illnesses started between March 18, 2019, to June 18, 2019. Those affected range from 6 to 79 years in age.
  • Illnesses after June 22, 2019, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli and when the illness is reported.
  • Epidemiologic and traceback information indicate that ground bison produced by Northfork Bison Distributions, Inc., is the likely source.
  • Those affected report eating ground bison in burgers at restaurants and at home.

E. coli Symptoms and Next Steps

People usually get sick from E. coli three to four days after ingesting the bacteria. Symptoms often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting, usually lasting between five to seven days. Some may develop a specific type of kidney failure, referred to as hemolytic uremic syndrome.

If you have symptoms of an E. coli infection after eating Ground Bison Produced by Northfork Bison Distributions:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Write down what you ate and where in the week before you got sick.
  • Report your illness to the health department.
  • Contact OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers for a free, no-risk consultation.

Notable Recoveries

$10 million

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$6.5 million

Verdict on behalf of a little boy who contracted a severe Salmonella infection from chicken

$7.55 million

Verdict on behalf of a little girl who contracted E. coli at a petting zoo

$2.25 million

E. coli infections contracted from a major fast food chain

$45 million

An over-the-counter medication caused severe kidney damage to multiple users

$3.4 million

A pregnant woman contracted a Listeria infection from contaminated fruit and passed the infection to her child

$3 million

Multistate Cyclospora outbreaks

$275,000

A couple contracted Salmonella from a restaurant

$525,000

A pedestrian was struck by a left-turning car, fracturing her tibia

$700,000

A semi-truck rear-ended a motorcyclist causing a collapsed lung, rib fractures and road rash

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