Colo. bison meat sent to Ariz. recalled after link to E. coli

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HENDERSON, Colo. -- A Colorado company has recalled 66,000 pounds of bison meat sold nationwide after federal agriculture officials linked it to E. coli sicknesses.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Rocky Mountain Natural Meats in Henderson recalled the ground and tenderized bison after it was linked to sickening five people in Colorado and one in New York.

E. coli is a potentially deadly germ that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration and, in severe cases, kidney failure.

The USDA said the recalled bison meat was sold to stores nationwide between May 21 and May 27. The sicknesses were reported between June 1 and June 4.

All the products included in the recall have the establishment number "EST. 20247" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

One-pound packages:
* Great Range Brand Ground Bison label with the UPC# 016447 10090 6, with “sell or freeze by” dates of June 21, 22, and 24.
* Natures Rancher Ground Buffalo label with the UPC # 016447 10091 6 with “sell or freeze by” date of June 22.
* The Buffalo Guys Ground Bison with UPC# 852584 00030 9 and a package date of 0147.

12-oz. Packages:
* Great Range Brand Bison Steak Medallion with UPC# 016447 10026 5 and a “sell or freeze by” date of June 23 and 24, 2010.
* Great Range Brand Bison Sirloin Steak with UPC# 016447 10226 9 and a “sell or freeze by” date of June 20, 23 and 24, 2010.

If you have further questions, please call 1-800-325-4164 and leave a message. Rocky Mountain Natural Meats says a representative will return your call within 24 hours.


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