This archive of previously issued food recalls and allergy alerts is provided for reference and research purposes.

Users should note that the products listed in the archive have been subject to removal from the marketplace or appropriate corrective action. Food recalls or allergy alerts are not an indication of the food safety status of products produced at a later date.

Updated Health Hazard Alert - Certain BUTCHER'S CHOICE Beef Burgers may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria

Recall / advisory date:
December 14, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - E. coli O157
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
Loblaw Companies Limited
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:

Advisory details

CFIA Investigation into Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. (E. coli O157:H7)
Main page | Related alerts | Questions and Answers

Ottawa, December 14, 2012 - The public warning issued on December 13, 2012 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Loblaw Companies Ltd. are warning the public not to consume the Butcher's Choice Beef Burgers described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

Loblaw Companies Ltd., Brampton, Ontario is voluntarily recalling all product codes from the marketplace as a precautionary measure.

This recall is the result of E. coli O157:H7 product testing by the CFIA related to an ongoing outbreak investigation. The CFIA is currently testing additional products collected from across the country. The recall may be further updated to include other products as test results are received. In addition, the CFIA is conducting an investigation at the producing facility, which could lead to the recall of more products.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can call one of the following numbers:

Loblaw Customer Relations at 1-800-296-2332 or;

Public Relations Department, Loblaw Companies Limited at (905) 459-2500 or; or

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).

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC
Butcher's Choice Butcher's Choice Hickory Barbecue Beef Burgers 1.13 KG 0 60383 89364 4
Butcher's Choice Butcher's Choice Garlic Peppercorn Beef Burgers 1.13 KG 0 60383 89363 7

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.

Media enquiries

CFIA Media Relations

Date modified: