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

Recall / advisory date:
October 7, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157:H7
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Africa Trading, GS Food Ltd., Overwaitea Food Group
Distribution:
British Columbia
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7476, 7707, 7770

Advisory details

CFIA investigation into XL Foods (E. coli O157:H7)
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Ottawa, October 7, 2012 - The public warning issued on October 5, 2012 has been updated to include additional 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 beef products described below because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The affected products are associated with the same XL Foods manufacturing dates of August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5, 2012, as the previously recalled ground beef products. The trace out from XL to secondary and tertiary distributors, manufacturers and retailers could result in a large number of affected products over a wide range of codes and dates.

This recall also includes unlabelled and/or unbranded beef products 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 beef products in their homes to check with the store(s) where the products were purchased or throw them out.

The following ready-to-eat and raw beef products, made from beef voluntarily recalled XL Foods (Est. 38), are affected by this alert:

Ready-to-eat products:

BrandProductSizeUPCCodes / DatesDistribution
Africa Trading Biltong Hunters From Bulk Starts with 2100002  Sold between Sept 28 and October 2 BC
Africa Trading Biltong Traditional From Bulk Starts with 2100001 Sold between Sept 28 and October 2 BC
Africa Trading Chilli Bites From Bulk Starts with 2100007 Sold between Sept 28 and October 2 BC
Africa Trading Dry Sausage Traditional From Bulk Starts with 2100004 Sold between Sept 28 and October 2 BC

Raw beef products:

BrandProductSizeUPCCodes / DatesDistribution
HanAhReum Mart Beef  Hindshank B/L FSH various 0 204031 511096 Packed on Sept 11 to Sept 14 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Eye Round various 0 205004 809530 Packed on Sept 10 to Sept 22 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Short Rib Sliced(LA) FSH various 0 204654 714300 Packed on Sept 1 to Sept 9 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Finger Meat Roast FSH various 0 204617 518273 Packed on Sept 1 to Sept 9 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Short Rib (L.A.) FZN various 0 204029 812679 Packed on Sept 1 to Sept 7 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Short Ribs B/L Chop FSH various 0 204013 423836 Packed on Sept 1 to Sept 5 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Plate Short Ribs Kor Style various 0 204013 423836 Packed on Sept 1 to Sept 5 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Boneless Short Ribs FSH various 0 204027 638097 Packed on Sept 1 to Sept 6 BC
HanAhReum Mart Beef Short Rib Kor Stew various 0 204004 714301 Packed on Sept 1 to Sept 7 BC
Sold at Urban Fare EYE OF ROUND STEAKS various 563640310 Best Before
28-Sept-12 to 15-Oct-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare SIRLOIN TIP OVEN ROAST various Starts with 29474 Best Before
17-Sept-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare SIRLOIN TIP STEAK various 5636490309 Best Before
28-Sept-12 to 12-Oct-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare PEPPERCORN SIRLOIN TIP STEAK various 5636450290 Best Before
9-Sept-12 to 22-Sep-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare TOP SIRLOIN PREMIUM ROAST various Starts with 29473 Best Before
18-Sep-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare TOP SIRLOIN GRILLING STEAK various Starts with 29472 Best Before
20-Sep-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare TERIYAKI TOP SIRLOIN KABOBS various Starts with 25011 Best Before
22-Sep-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare PEPPERCON TOP SIRLOIN STEAK various 5636450250 Best Before
14-Sep-12 to 22-Sep-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare TERIYAKI BEEF KABOBS various 5636450346 Best Before
11-Sep-12 to 22-Sep-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare BONELESS RIBEYE GRILLING STEAK various Starts with 29469 Best Before
28-Sep-12 to 30-Sep-12
BC
Sold at Urban Fare BONE IN SIMMERING SHORT RIBS various Starts with 29463 Best Before
5-Oct-12
BC

The CFIA is advising consumers who are unsure if they have the affected beef in their home to check with the store(s) where the product was purchased or throw it out.

Public health authorities have confirmed a number of illnesses linked to products from XL Foods Inc. or illnesses associated with the XL Foods Inc. food safety investigation. For more information, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada's website at www.phac.gc.ca

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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