June 24, 2022: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed Fairfield, Hartford, New London, Middlesex, Tolland, and Windham Counties in Low/Green the as part of its COVID-19 Community Levels Map. Only Litchfield, Middlesex and New Haven County are listed in the Medium/Yellow category. Residents who live in the Medium /Yellow counties who are at a high risk for severe illness, should talk to their health care provider about whether to wear a mask and take other precautions. These residents should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines and get tested if they have symptoms. Visit the CDC COVID-19 Community Levels Map for updates.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) today released a list of Connecticut farms identified by the USDA as having received beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse in Athol, MA. This is being done as part of the public health response to a recent E.coli:O157 outbreak that has sickened patients in several states, including Connecticut.

For an up-to-date list of farms that received tainted beef from Adams Farm Slaughterhouse click here.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is working with farmers’ markets to determine if any beef, veal, and/or 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 O157 infection can result in severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), 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.