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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 22, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Sobeys Inc.
Distribution:
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7621

Advisory details

CFIA investigation into XL Foods (E. coli O157:H7)
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Ottawa, September 22, 2012 - The public warning issued on September 21, 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
Foodland Medium Ground Beef Various Starts with 211705 Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.22 NB, NL, NS, PE
Foodland Medium Ground Beef VP Various Starts with 211660 Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.22 NB, NL, NS, PE
Foodland All store-made Ground Beef products Various Various Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.22 NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys / Foodland Frz Beef Patties Various Starts with 231069 Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.22 NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys / Foodland Store Made Meat Loaf Various Starts with 275366 Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.22 NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys / Foodland All value added store made or packaged products containing ground beef (Frz Patties, Meat Loaf, meat Balls etc.) Various Various

Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.22

NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys Medium Ground Beef Various Starts with 211705 Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.21 NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys Medium Ground Beef VP Various Starts with 211660 Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.21 NB, NL, NS, PE
Sobeys All store-made Ground Beef products Various Various Packaged On dates between 2012.SE.16 to 2012.SE.21 NB, NL, NS, PE
None Medium Ground Beef 1.36 kg
3 lb
0 27182 04367 0 EST 128 BB/MA Sep/19/12 AB, BC, MB, SK

(Walmart)

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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