11 Connecticut farms on Dept. of Health list of spots associated with E. coli outbreak


HARTFORD — Tainted beef from a slaughterhouse in Athol, Massachusetts has sickened patients in several states, including Connecticut. Friday, the Connecticut Department of Public Health released a list of local farms identified by the USDA as having received beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse.

Some beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse has been found to have E. coli in it.


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

DPH encourages consumers and retailers who still have left-over beef, veal or bison products purchased from local farmers’ markets or directly from a farm in Connecticut to check the USDA plant code # printed on the label to verify whether or not the product was processed by Adams’ Slaughterhouse #5497 and is included in this recall. Consumers who do not have access to the original packaging can contact the farm or retailer where they purchased the meat directly to ask whether or not their product is included in the recall.

E. coli infections can result in severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. Most people get better within 5–7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening. Consumers are reminded to not eat raw or undercooked beef. Ground beef hamburgers and beef mixtures, such as meat loaf, should be cooked to 158°F internally, measured with a food thermometer. If you have already consumed the recalled product and believe you may have developed symptoms of illness, you should contact your physician for follow-up.