Reno Gosser, the Rush County Sanitarian and Environmentalist, recently issued a warning to county residents about any individuals saying they have some meat left over from a delivery and they are willing to “let it go at a reduced price.”
There have been two recent reports in the county of efforts to sell meat that that has been recalled due to testing positive for E. coli bacteria.
E. coli can cause stomach cramping with little or no fever and bloody diarrhea. The symptoms can last up to 10 days. In rare cases, humans infected can develop a condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) that can lead to kidney failure.
Because of the severity of the problems associated E. coli, the local health department is concerned about the tainted meat found locally and the possibility that other unsuspecting county residents may or may have purchased some of it.
“The individual selling the meat has no permit to do so and generally offers seven or eight different cuts or types of steaks at a reduced price to unsuspecting individuals. You should not purchase the meat,” Gosser said, adding, “We have a lead on the individual that has been selling the meat in the county and law enforcement personnel is looking for him at this time.”