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

Recall / advisory date:
September 21, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Freson Bros., Sobeys Inc., The Grocery People Ltd.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7471, 7601, 7620

Advisory details

CFIA investigation into XL Foods (E. coli O157:H7)
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Ottawa, September 21, 2012 - The public warning issued on September 20, 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
Freson Bros. Beef Jerky Instore Made Various starts with 228126 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Peppered Beef Jerky Instore Made Various starts with 228127 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Beef Jerky Sweet / Spicy Instore Made Various starts with 228131 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Frozen Lean Beef Pattie 4 oz. 6 pieces starts with 220381 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Seasoned Lean Beef Pattie 4 oz. 6 pieces starts with 220385 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Bagged Lean Beef Pattie Frozen 4 oz. 12 pieces starts with 220392 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Real Bacon & Beef Patties Frozen 4 oz. 6 pieces starts with 220393 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Lean Ground Beef Max 17% Fat WHS Pack Various starts with 220842 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Lean Ground Beef Max 17% Fat Family Pack Various starts with 220682 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Lean Ground Beef 17% Fat or Less Various starts with 220322 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Extra Ln Grnd Bf Max 10% Fat WHS Pk Various starts with 220843 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Extra Lean Ground Beef Max 10% Fat Family Pack Various starts with 220683 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Extra Lean Ground Beef 10% Fat or Less Various starts with 220323 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Regular Ground Beef Max 30% Fat WHS Pack Various starts with 220840 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Regular Ground Beef Max 30% Fat Family Pack Various starts with 220680 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Regular Ground Beef Max 30% Fat or Less Various starts with 220320 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Lean Ground Beef Seasoned Meatballs Various starts with 220326 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. Lean Ground Beef Seasoned Meatloaf Various starts with 220325 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Freson Bros. 1/4 lb Lean Beef Patties 4 oz. Various starts with 220360 packed on dates between AU.27.12 and SE.16.12 Certain Stores in Alberta
Sobeys / Foodland Lean Ground Beef Various Starts with 211665 Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Sobeys / Foodland Lean Ground Beef Various Starts with 212516 Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Sobeys / Foodland Extra Lean Ground Beef Various Starts with 211671 Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Sobeys Lean Ground Beef SCS IRA Various Starts with 231894 Best Before dates between 12 SE 18 and 12 SE 20 ON
Sobeys SCS X-Tra Lean Ground Beef Various Starts with 281130 Best Before dates between 12 SE 18 and 12 SE 20 ON
Sobeys Lean Ground Beef VP Various Starts with 211666 Best Before dates between 12 SE 18 and 12 SE 20 ON
Sobeys Extra Lean Ground Beef VP Various Starts with 211672 Best Before dates between 12 SE 18 and 12 SE 20 ON
Sobeys Homestyle Meatloaf Various Starts with 275276 Sell By dates between Sep 18, 12 and Sep 20, 12 ON
Foodland Lean Ground Beef VP Various Starts with 281153 Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Foodland Extra Lean Ground Beef VP Various Starts with 281161 Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Foodland Store Made Meatloaf Various Starts with 222672 Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Sobeys / Foodland All store-made Ground Beef products Various Various Packaged On dates between 2012.AU.27 and 2012.SE.16 NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys / Foodland All value added store made or packaged products containing ground beef (Meat Loaf, Meat Balls etc) Various Various Packaged On dates between 2012.AU.27 and 2012.SE.16 NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys / Foodland All store-made Ground Beef products Various Various Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Sobeys / Foodland Various other store-made products containing ground beef (such as other meatloaves, meat balls) Various Various Best Before dates between 2012SE18 and 2012SE20 ON
Sobeys / IGA All store-made Ground Beef products Various Various Packed On dates between 2012.AU.27 and 2012.SE.19 AB, BC, MB, SK, and certain stores in ON
Sobeys / IGA All value added store made or packaged products containing ground beef (Meat Loaf, Meat Balls etc) Various Various Packed On dates between 2012.AU.27 and 2012.SE.19 AB, BC, MB, SK, and certain stores in ON
Douglas Meats (Marketplace Co-op) Pork & Beef Sausage (Douglas Reg Farmer Sausage, “Douglas Regular Famer Sausage”) Variable weight Starts with 209510 Purchase dates between Aug. 29/12 and Sept. 15/12 AB
Douglas Meats (Marketplace Co-op) Garlic Sausage (“Douglas Famer Sausage with Garlic”, Douglas Farmers Sausage with Garlic) Variable weight Starts with 209511 Purchase dates between Aug. 29/12 and Sept. 15/12 AB
Douglas Meats (Foodland IGA) Farmer's Sausage (Smoked Farmer Sausage) Variable weight Starts with 200601 Packed On dates up to Sept. 19/12 AB
Douglas Meats (Foodland IGA) Smoked Beef Sausage Variable weight Starts with 200604 Packed On dates up to Sept. 19/12 AB
Douglas Meats / CO-OP (Marketplace Co-op) Gluten Free Beef Sausage Variable weight Starts with 209516 Purchase dates between Aug. 29/12 and Sept. 15/12 AB
None Lean Ground Beef Fine Grind Various Various Packed on dates between Aug 29 and Sep 17, 2012 Certain Super A stores in AB, BC, MB, SK
None Extra Lean Ground Beef Fine Grind Various Various Packed on dates between Aug 29 and Sep 17, 2012 Certain Super A stores in AB, BC, MB, SK
None Regular Ground Beef Fine Grind Various Various Packed on dates between Aug 29 and Sep 17, 2012 Certain Super A stores in AB, BC, MB, SK
None Lean Ground Beef Fine Grind Various Various Packed on dates between Aug 29 and Sep 17, 2012 Certain Big Way stores in AB, BC, MB, SK
None Extra Lean Ground Beef Fine Grind Various Various Packed on dates between Aug 29 and Sep 17, 2012 Certain Big Way stores in AB, BC, MB, SK
None Regular Ground Beef Fine Grind Various Various Packed on dates between Aug 29 and Sep 17, 2012 Certain Big Way stores in AB, BC, MB, SK

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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