A Maine meat processor is recalling products due to potential E. coli contamination. According to a Maine Department of Agriculture press release:
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Division of Quality Assurance & Regulations, announced today that Bubier Meats, located in Greene, Maine, is voluntarily recalling approximately 1,936 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated with fecal material and other contaminants.
The problem was discovered through HACCP verification tasks and visual observations performed on April 30 and May 1. An audit was then conducted on the HACCP records correlating with theses dates and it was discovered that approximately 1,936 pounds had been released into commerce in Maine.
Fecal contamination is a direct source of possible E. coli 0157:H7, a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration. The very young, seniors, and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to food-borne illness.