"Working in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FSIS determined that there is a link between beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse and this illness cluster".
"We'll be writing a letter to each of our customers, to let them know this is no reflection on their product", Maltby said.
"What we are aghast about is the breadth and scope of the USDA recall".
It called the USDA's instructions to pull meat packaged over that period of time an "overreaction" as well as "unjustified and unrealistic". Five of the seven people infected have been hospitalized.
Left-over raw ground beef obtained from the two patients tested positive for the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 at the DPH Public Health Laboratory and has been traced to Adams' Slaughterhouse.
On Sept. 24, 2016, Adams Farm Slaughterhouse recalled beef, veal and bison products due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination.
The recalled products were shipped to farmers markets, retailers and restaurants in Massachusetts, Connecticut and eastern NY, but may have also been shipped to neighboring states.
To view a complete list of the products subject to recall, please see the USDA recall notice, which can be found here.
HARTFORD -Beef from a MA slaughterhouse is being recalled after testing positive for E. Coli and sickening people in several states including two in CT according to state and federal agencies. This condition can occur among people of any age but is most common in children younger than 5-years-old and older adults. At least seven people in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia were sickened by the bacteria, five of which consumed products from the slaughterhouse.
The illnesses started on dates ranging from June 27 to September 4. The recall was prompted by an outbreak of E. coli infections in 4 states: CT (2), MA (3), Pennsylvania (1) and West Virginia (1).
"We've narrowed it down to two days in production", he said.
The Food and Drug Administration has increased surveillance of imported strawberries and has contacted the Egyptian International Health Regulations National Focal Point during the investigation.
It has since switched to another supplier for all restaurants nationwide, sourcing strawberries from the Americas.
It has also strengthened food safety training and certification processes for employees, as well as protocols and policies for cleaning, sanitizing and reporting.