Ron Spada Farms of Portland is recalling approximately 4,800 flats of strawberries sold between June 11 – August 1 because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). E. coli O157:H7 causes a diarrheatic illness often accompanied with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some victims can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. One elderly woman in Washington County is said to have died as the result of kidney failure brought on by eating tainted strawberries.
Strawberries (Shuksan, Benton, Hoods) were distributed to these stores and roadside/farm stands to be resold to the consumer:
• Shelly Burns: 2318 SE 302nd Ave Troutdale Oregon
• Tim Rice: Skyline Blvd and Cornell Blvd in the empty lot, Portland Oregon
• The Barn: 5211 NE 148th Airport way Portland, Oregon
• The Fruit Stop: 146 W Columbia Hwy, Troutdale Oregon
• Gresham Farmers Market: 3rd and Miller in downtown Gresham
• Growers Outlet: 16145 NE Glisan , Gresham Oregon
• Florentine Salazar: 4640 SW Hillsboro Hwy Hillsboro, Oregon
All strawberries were sold in green flats that said Fresh Oregon Berries. Strawberries may have also been purchased in smaller quantities.
Spada Farms purchased fresh strawberries from Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Washington County which have been identified as the source of a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 cases with illness onsets during July 10 to 29, 2011.
As of Friday, Aug. 12, there have been 14 confirmed cases of illness caused by a single strain of E. coli. They are in residents of Clackamas, Clatsop, Multnomah, Washington, and Yamhill counties.
Of the cases, 73 percent are female. Ages among all the cases ranged from 4 to 85 years. Seven cases have been hospitalized, two had hemolytic uremic syndrome and one elderly Washington County woman has died.
Strawberries from this farm are no longer being sold. Health officials are urging consumers who have purchased berries from the farm to throw them out. Strawberries that have been frozen or made into uncooked jam are of particular concern.
Consumers with questions may contact the Ron Spada company at 503-539-5396.