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Strawberries sold in East County recalled

Ron Spada Farms of Portland is recalling contaminated strawberries that may have been sold between June 11-Aug. 1 at several East County locations.

The Shuksan, Benton and Hood strawberries were distributed to these stores and roadside stands to be resold to consumers:

• Shelly Burns at 2318 S.E. 302nd Ave., Troutdale

• The Fruit Stop at 146 W. Historic Columbia River Highway, Troutdale

• Gresham Farmers' Market in downtown Gresham

• Growers Outlet at 16145 N.E. Glisan St., Gresham

• The Barn at 5211 N.E. 148th Ave., Portland

• Tim Rice at Skyline and Cornell boulevards in the empty lot, Portland

• Florentine Salazar at 4640 S.W. Hillsboro Highway, Hillsboro

All strawberries were sold in green flats that said Fresh Oregon Berries. Strawberries may have also been purchased in smaller quantities.

The strawberries may be contaminated with Escherichia coli bacteria (E. Coli O157:H7). It causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

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 10-29.

As of Friday, Aug. 12, there have been 14 confirmed cases of illness caused by a single strain of E. coli among residents in Multnomah, Clackamas, Clatsop, Washington and Yamhill counties. Of the cases, 73 percent are female. Ages among all the cases ranged from 4-85 years. Seven people were hospitalized, two had hemolytic uremic syndrome and one elderly Washington County woman 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 call the Ron Spada Company at 503-539-5396.