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Eleven Now Ill in Venison E-coli Outbreak
Raw venison products are thought to be the source of an outbreak of E.coli 0157 in Dundee. Food Standards Scotland have traced the source of the infection, which has made 11 people ill, to products produced by Highland Game, which was formed in 1997 and supplies a number of major retailers.
The foods affected include Scottish Slimmers venison sausages, Scottish Slimmers venison meatballs, grillsteaks, and venison steaks with pepper sauce, had use-by dates from 4 September to 1 October. It’s believed all the products were purchased raw and cooked at home. An investigation is continuing to try to find the source of the outbreak while all the affected products have been removed from sale.
Infections related to the consumption of venison are rare, as Stephen Gibbs, chairman of the Scottish Venison Partnership pointed out, “We believe this is an isolated, rogue incident in an industry that has an exemplary record in terms of food safety,” He said. “Consumers should have every confidence in continuing to eat venison – but we cannot stress enough that storage and cooking instructions should be carefully followed exactly, as with any other meat product, as well as good personal hygiene in relation to food preparation.”
None of the 11 people who have become ill in the incident have required hospital treatment.