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Health Hazard Alert - Various GROUND BEEF Products May Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
September 18, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Loblaw Companies Limited, Reddi Food Solutions Inc., The North West Company
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut, Ontario, Saskatchewan
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7434, 7482, 7888

Advisory details

CFIA investigation into XL Foods (E. coli O157:H7)
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Ottawa, September 18, 2012 - The public warning issued on September 17, 2012 has been expanded to include additional ground beef products. Previously identified products included in this recall can be found on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) website at www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

The CFIA is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, or serve the ground beef products described below because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following products, made from beef voluntarily recalled by XL Foods (Est. 38), are affected by this alert:

BrandProductSizeUPCCodes / DatesDistribution
Prepared for
Reddi Food Solutions Inc., Leduc, AB
(EST 442)
PLU 306 Lean Ground Beef Burger Cracked Peppercorn Approx. 560 g Starts with 20772* Best Before
08SEP12
11SEP12
13SEP12
15SEP12
18SEP12
19SEP12
AB
Prepared for
Reddi Food Solutions Inc., Leduc, AB
(EST 442)
PLU 307 Lean Ground Beef Burger Montreal Steak Spice Approx. 560 g Starts with 207721* Best Before
05SEP12
08SEP12
10SEP12
12SEP12
15SEP12
17SEP12
AB
Prepared for
Reddi Food Solutions Inc., Leduc, AB
(EST 442)
PLU 308 Lean Ground Beef Burger Approx. 560 g Starts with 207722 Best Before
08SEP12
11SEP12
13SEP12
15SEP12
18SEP12
19SEP12
AB
Prepared for
Reddi Food Solutions Inc., Leduc, AB
(EST 442)
PLU 320  Extra Lean Ground Beef  Sirloin 454 g 8 153110
003200
Best Before
08SEP12
11SEP12
AB
Prepared for
Reddi Food Solutions Inc., Leduc, AB
(EST 442)
PLU 321 Medium Ground Beef Chuck 454 g 8 153110
003217
Best Before
08SEP12
11SEP12
15SEP12
AB
Prepared for
Reddi Food Solutions Inc., Leduc, AB
(EST 442)
PLU 322 Extra Lean Ground Beef Round 454 g 8 153110
003224
Best Before
08SEP12
11SEP12
AB
None Tube lean ground beef Variable
Weight
Starts with 285505 Best Before up to and including
Sept 28
AB, BC, MB, SK
(Extra Foods,
No Frills,
Real Canadian Wholesale Club,
Shop Easy, SuperValu,
Superstore,
Westfair,
Your Independent Grocer)
Giant Tiger 595604 Lean Ground Beef 1.13 kg 2 54122 00800 4 Best Before
dates between
12SE09 and 12SE23
AB, MB, SK
Giant Tiger 595602 Lean Ground Beef 0.5 kg 2 54119 00400 2 Best Before
dates between
12SE09 and 12SE23
AB, MB, SK
Giant Tiger 595605 Regular Ground Beef 0.5 kg 2 54109 00350 3 Best Before
dates between
12SE09 and 12SE23
AB, MB, SK
Northern Case Ready Lean Ground Beef 0.5 kg Starts with 2 54120* Best Before
dates between
12SE09 and 12SE23
AB, MB, NU,
ON, SK
Northern Case Ready Lean Ground Beef FP 1.13 kg 2 54121 00000 9 Best Before
dates between
12SE09 and 12SE23
AB, MB, NU,
ON, SK
Northern Case Ready Regular Ground Beef 0.5 kg 2 54110 00000 3 Best Before
dates between
12SE09 and 12SE23
AB, MB, NU,
ON, SK
Northern Case Ready Regular Ground Beef FP 1.13 kg 2 54111 00000 2 Best Before
dates between
12SE09 and 12SE23
AB, MB, NU,
ON, SK

*UPC updated to include "starts with" information.

Consumers who are unsure if they have affected products are advised to check with the store(s) where they were purchased.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

This voluntary recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify and verify all affected products.  If additional affected products are confirmed, this table will be updated on the CFIA website. To stay informed of product updates throughout the investigation, consumers are also encouraged to subscribe to CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts at www.foodsafety.gc.ca.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled.  Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses.  Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea.  Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis.  Others may live with permanent kidney damage.  In severe cases of illness, people may die.

The manufacturer, XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta and various retailers, processors and distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on E. coli O157:H7, visit the Food Facts web page at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/ecolie.shtml

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

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More information

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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