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

Recall / advisory date:
September 20, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Canada Safeway Ltd., Metro Ontario Inc.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7455, 7479

Advisory details

CFIA investigation into XL Foods (E. coli O157:H7)
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Ottawa, September 20, 2012 - The public warning issued on September 19, 2012 has been expanded to include additional ground beef products because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. 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.

This recall also includes unlabelled and/or unbranded ground beef products available for sale from August 24 through September 16, 2012 and sold at retail stores not identified in the CFIA's product list below, which may include small retailers, local meat markets and butcher shops, etc. Therefore, the CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected ground beef product in their home to check with the store(s) where the product was purchased or throw it out.

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

BrandProductSizeUPCCodes / DatesDistribution
Metro Fresh Homestyle Meatloaf Various Starts with 220673 Best Before SE22 and SE23 ON
Metro Homestyle Meatballs Various Starts with 220682 Best Before SE22 and SE23 ON
Metro Seas Beef Burger Various Starts with 220913 Best Before  SE23 and SE24 ON
Metro Lean Ground Beef Various Starts with 211410 Best Before  SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro Medium Ground Beef Various Starts with 211405 Best Before dates SE17, SE18, SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro Medium Ground Beef  Value Pack Various Starts with  211406 Best Before dates SE17, SE18, SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro Lean Ground Beef Value Pack Various Starts with 211409 Best Before dates SE17, SE18, SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro ¼ lb 100% Pure Lean Ground Beef Pk 4 454 g 211416 804995 Best Before dates SE17, SE18, SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro ¼ lb 100% Pure Lean Ground Beef Pk 8 908g 211417 509998 Best Before dates SE17, SE18, SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro Lean Ground Beef/Pork Combo Various Starts with 211420 Best Before dates SE17, SE18, SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro Lean Ground Beef/Pork/Veal Various Starts with 211415 Best Before dates SE17, SE18, SE20 and SE21 ON
Metro Seas Beef Burger (Gourmet Counter) Various Starts with 220914 Best Before dates SE20, SE21, SE23 and SE24 ON
None Pork & Beef Sausage Variable weight None Purchase dates between Sept. 4 and 8, 2012 Douglas Meats, Medicine Hat AB
None Garlic Sausage Variable weight None Purchase dates between Sept. 4 and 8, 2012 Douglas Meats, Medicine Hat AB
None Smoked Beef Sausage Variable weight None Purchase dates between Sept. 4 and 8, 2012 Douglas Meats, Medicine Hat AB
None Farmer's Sausage Variable weight None Purchase dates between Sept. 4 and 8, 2012 Douglas Meats, Medicine Hat AB
None Fully Cooked Summer Sausage Variable weight None Purchase dates between Sept. 4 and 8, 2012 Douglas Meats, Medicine Hat AB
None Regular Ground Beef 454 g
1 lb
0 27182 04350 2 EST 38 BB/MA Sep/29/12 AB, BC, MB and SK (Walmart)
None Medium Ground Beef 1.36 kg 3 lb 0 27182 04367 0 EST 38 BB/MA Sep/29/12 AB, BC, MB and SK (Walmart)
None Lean Ground Beef 454 g
1 lb
0 27182 04373 1 EST 38 BB/MA Sep/29/12 AB, BC, MB and SK (Walmart)
Safeway Ground Beef Regular Variable weight Starts with 201637 EST 573
Best Before or Freeze By 12SE26
MB, ON, SK
Safeway Ground Beef Lean Variable weight Starts with
201670
EST 573
Best Before or Freeze By 12SE26
MB, ON, SK
Safeway Ground Beef Lean Large Pack Variable weight Starts with
201654
EST 573
Best Before or Freeze By 12SE26
MB, ON, SK
Safeway Lean Ground Beef Patties Fresh Variable weight Starts with
201650
EST 573
Best Before or Freeze By 12SE26
MB, ON, SK
Safeway Medium Ground Beef Chuck Variable weight Starts with
201730
EST 573
Best Before or Freeze By 12SE26
MB, ON, SK
Safeway Ground Beef Extra Lean Variable weight Starts with
201681
EST 573
Best Before or Freeze By 12SE26
MB, ON, SK
Safeway Ground Beef Extra Lean Large Pack Variable weight Starts with
201661
EST 573
Best Before or Freeze By 12SE26
MB, ON, SK
Safeway MS Lean Ground Beef Patties Sundried Tomato & Asiago Cheese Variable weight Starts with
209544
Best Before 12SE20 and 12SE21 AB, BC, MB, ON, SK
Safeway MS Lean Beef Patties Cheddar Cheese Variable weight Starts with
209553
Best Before 12SE20 and 12SE21 AB, BC, MB, ON, SK
Safeway MS Lean Ground Beef Meatloaf Variable weight Starts with
209289
Best Before 12SE20 and 12SE21 AB, BC, MB, ON, SK
Safeway MS Lean Ground Beef Sliders Variable weight Starts with
209893
Best Before 12SE20 and 12SE21 AB, BC, MB, ON, SK
Safeway MS Meatballs - Made from lean ground beef and pork Variable weight Starts with
209241
Best Before 12SE20 and 12SE21 AB, BC, MB, ON, SK
Safeway MS Beef Lean Ground Stuffed Peppers Variable weight Starts with
209628
Best Before 12SE20 and 12SE21 AB, BC, MB, ON, SK
Safeway Lean Ground Beef Variable weight Starts with 221643 Best Before dates between 12SE20 and 12SE22 AB, BC
Safeway Extra Lean Ground Beef Variable weight Starts with 221670 Best Before dates between 12SE20 and 12SE22 AB, BC
Safeway Regular Ground Beef Variable weight Starts with
221634
Best Before dates between 12SE20 and 12SE22 AB, BC
Safeway Medium Ground Chuck Variable weight Starts with 201645 Best Before dates between 12SE20 and 12SE22 AB, BC

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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