beef recall expanded again
The public warning issued on October 12, 2012 has been updated to include additional products.
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 theCFIA‘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 beef products, made from beef voluntarily recalled by XL Foods (Est. 38), are affected by this alert:
|Brand||Product||Size||UPC||Codes / Dates||Distribution|
|Freson Bros.||BEEF KIDNEY||Various||Starts with 220605||Packed on dates between AU.27.12 and OC.15.12||Certain stores in AB|
|Freson Bros.||BEEF TONGUE||Various||Starts with 220607||Packed on dates between AU.28.12 and OC.15.12||Certain stores in AB|
|IGA||Beef Stew||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28||BC – certain stores only|
|IGA||Outside Round Roast||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28||BC – certain stores only|
|Market Place IGA||Beef Stew||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28||BC – certain stores only|
|Market Place IGA||Extra Lean Beef Stew||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 26 to Sept 28||BC – certain stores only|
|Market Place IGA||Beef Kidneys||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3||BC – certain stores only|
|Market Place IGA||Beef Liver||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3||BC – certain stores only|
|Market Place IGA||Beef Heart||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3||BC – certain stores only|
|Market Place IGA||Oxtail||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3||BC – certain stores only|
|IGA||Beef Liver||Various||Various||Packed on dates from Aug 24 to Oct 3||BC – certain stores only|
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.
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. As additional affected products are confirmed, this table will be updated on theCFIA 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. coliO157: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.
There are no reports of E. coli infection during pregnancy causing birth defects in humans. Because diarrhea causes the body to lose a lot of fluids, pregnant women with an E. coli infection can easily become dehydrated. In rare cases, they may start to bleed heavily. There may be a risk for miscarriage or premature delivery with severe E. coli infection. If you are pregnant and you think you have an E. coli infection, you should see a doctor right away so that you can be diagnosed and treated if necessary.
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).