FSIS issued Public Health Alert for possible E.coli in imported veal
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public health alert Tuesday about a potential E.coli outbreak in veal imports from the Netherlands.
The FSIS sent the warning to consumers after approximately 424 pounds of raw veal from the Netherlands could contain E.coli toxin.
The product was imported by MRW Food Brokers and involved the raw, boneless veal from a Netherlands company. The FSIS said the products were distributed to grocery stores and restaurants in Florida and Massachusetts.
Calves killed between March 8 and 9 were suspected of being the source of the potential outbreak, which was discovered by the FSIS through a sample of the veal stew meat that tested positive for E.coli.
Despite no confirmed cases of sickness, the FSIS urges anyone who purchases the possibly contaminated meat to throw it away or return it. Along with the alert, the FSIS is detaining products that connect with the case.
Anyone with symptoms is urged to contact a health care provider, and people with food safety questions can contact the FSIS at AskKaren.gov 24 hours a day.