Meat market linked to four confirmed cases of e. coli

Williams Brothers Meat Market in Washington, Missouri, is recalling several meat products after they were linked to e. coli illnesses in customers. The Franklin County Health Department has confirmed that at least four people are ill with e. coli and have linked those illnesses back to the meat market. The market’s ham products, in particular, have been determined to be responsible for the food poisoning cases.

Williams Brothers is recalling all cured or smoked ready-to-eat whole ham, ham steaks and sandwich ham products packaged between May 25 and June 1 due to the potential contamination. Approximately 125 pounds of ham have been sold that could be contaminated with e. coli. Contamination of one 16-pound bone-in ham has been confirmed and cross-contamination is a possibility with the remaining ham products.

Consumers who purchased any of these products from Williams Brothers Meat Market in Washington, Missouri, should not eat them. The potentially contaminated meat products should be disposed of properly or returned to the market.

Generally, e. coli infection results from consuming undercooked or raw foods. Contamination can also spread due to poor hygiene during food preparation. E. coli infection doesn’t manifest as quickly as other foodborne illnesses, such as norovirus and salmonella. E. coli generally appears three to four days after the initial infection, though in some cases, symptoms don’t appear for over a week. The most common E. coli symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, and fatigue.

For more information about the e. coli contamination of ham and other meat products at Williams Brothers Meat Market in Missouri, please contact the food poisoning lawyers at 1-888-335-4901.