Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. is voluntarily recalling bison burgers and bison ground because of a possible health risk.
“We are doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of our products and regain the full confidence of our valued customers.” –
Rocco Verelli, owner, Northfork Bison Distributions Inc.
Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. of Saint-Leonard, Quebec, is recalling its Bison Burgers (aka Buffalo Burgers) and its Bison Ground, because they have the potential to be contaminated with Escherichia coli (E. coli) strains 0121 and 0103.
“The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US state and local partners, with the support of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), are investigating a multi-state outbreak of E. coli 0121 and E. coli 0103 illnesses linked to ground bison supplied by Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. of St-Leonard, Quebec.”
These illnesses were reported in the US. No illnesses associated with this potential health risk have been reported in Canada.
Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. is working closely with the FDA, CDC and CFIA to complete the ongoing investigation and implement the required corrective action. The FDA praised Northfork’s rapid response: “Northfork Distributions Inc. has been quick to initiate a voluntary recall and had been forthcoming with information to aid the investigation.”
“We are a family-owned company whose reputation is built on providing consumers with the healthiest, highest-quality meat products,” said Rocco Verelli, owner of Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. “Since our foundation in 1997, we have never encountered any health issues. The fact that our products have now caused some people to be ill is devastating to us all. Whatever the cause, our first concern is for the well-being of the people affected.”
Bison is generally less prone to bacteria than other meats, and Northfork Bison Distributions Inc. has always conducted all the regulatory tests prescribed for bison processing, including for E. coli 0571. “Moving forward, we will also be performing additional, non-required testing, for E. coli strains 0121 and 0103,” stated Mr. Verelli. “We are doing everything in our power to ensure the safety of our products and regain the full confidence of our valued customers.”