E. coli that made more than 20 students and adults from Lincoln, R.I., ill were traced to South Shore Meats. Camp director Arnie Gerson says he’s permanently dropped hamburgers from the camp’s menu.
A Brockton meat packing company is making a voluntary recall of ground beef and other beef products after more than 20 Rhode Island students and chaperones were sickened at a popular Plymouth camp.
The Massachusetts and Rhode Island health departments announced the recall by South Shore Meats on Monday. The action comes four days after the illnesses were reported.
Health department spokeswoman Annemarie Broadworth said a match between leftover hamburger meat at Camp Bournedale and the Brockton plant prompted the recall.
Company officials couldn’t be immediately reached for comment on the size of the recall, or how the ground beef that went to the camp became contaminated.
Meanwhile, camp director Arnie Gerson said he’s permanently dropped either fresh or precooked hamburger meat from the camp menu.
“We’ll have a nice turkey dinner,” he said.
The Lincoln Middle School students from Lincoln, R.I., visited the camp Oct. 13 to 16. Students and adults from the group developed bloody diarrhea and other gastrointestinal symptoms after they returned home. Two were hospitalized in Rhode Island last week, but were released last Friday.
Camp Bournedale has operated since 1937 as a summer camp for boys, and now offers everything from sports to a computer lab and environmental programs. It’s used by a number of South Shore schools for environmental education programs.
Gerson said another student group is there this week, though he didn’t say where they’re from. The Web site of the Windham Middle School in Windham, N.H., said students from there were at the camp this week.
South Shore Meats was opened in Brockton in 1990 by C. Crocetti and Sons, an Italian sausage business that started in East Boston in 1917.
According to the company Web site, South Shore Meats focuses primarily on providing portion-control cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal to all the major food service distributors in New England.
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