In 2010, at least 6 people in Colorado (5), New York (1), and Maryland (1) contracted E. coli O157:H7 infections after consuming bison products processed by Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, a Henderson, CO firm. In response to this outbreak, the company recalled about 66,000 pounds of product on July 2, 2010, including the following sold under the Great Range brand:
- 16-ounce packages of “GREAT RANGE BRAND ALL NATURAL GROUND BISON.” These products have a “sell or freeze by” date of June 21, June 22 or June 24, 2010.
- 12-ounce packages of “GREAT RANGE BRAND ALL NATURAL BISON STEAK MEDALLIONS.” These products have a “sell or freeze by” date of June 23 and June 24, 2010
- 12-ounce packages of “GREAT RANGE BRAND ALL NATURAL BISON SIRLOIN STEAKS.” These products have a “sell or freeze by” date of June 20, June 23 and June 24, 2010
Both ground buffalo and tenderized bison steaks can be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 during processing.
Other brands involved include Nature’s Rancher, The Buffalo Guys, and Rocky Mountain Natural Meats.
When our lawyers are hired to represent an E. coli victim, we immediately begin an independent investigation of the outbreak in preparation for a lawsuit against all legally responsible parties, which may include the following:
- The meat processor
- A distributor
- A subsidiary or parent company, depending on the facts
- The retailer, again, depending on the facts
- A restaurant.
Our experience with these cases has been that meat processors blame consumers for the illnesses, arguing that the consumers should have cooked the meat better. The law is that the meat processors and other companies involved are to blame and not the consumer. Meat sold to consumers should never be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a dangerous foodborne pathogen that is considered an “adulterant” under federal law.
Our law firm focuses on E. coli litigation cases, and our attorneys do not settle for less than what we know a case is worth.