Ground beef products recall expanded in E. coli scare
Published Tuesday, September 18, 2012 10:15AM EDT
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has expanded its recall for various ground beef products with possible E. coli contamination.
The agency issued an initial public warning for various beef products distributed by XL Foods Inc. of Alberta under the brands Safeway, Calahoo meats and Kirkland Signature on Sept. 16. Products were distributed in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, B.C., and Alberta.
The report has been extended to include various ground beef products from retailers including Sobeys, Foodland, Metro, No Frills and more. The distribution areas have also been extended to include New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I., Newfoundland and Quebec.
The recall includes such products as ground beef, meatballs, patties, and meatloaf.
Dates for Sobeys products include best before or packaged on dates from Aug. 27 to Sept. 17. Foodland indicates Sept. 2 to Sept. 17. Metro lists dates as Sept. 17 to Sept. 20. Full dates for all stores and products were released by the agency on its website.
According to the Canadian Press, the agency said Monday that no reported illnesses have been linked to the product, which is being voluntarily recalled by XL Foods.
The agency will continue its investigation and work with recall firms and distributors to verify all affected products.
Consumers are being encouraged to contact the store where they purchased these products.
According to the agency, the products containing E.coli may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with E.coli bacteria can cause serious and even life-threatening illnesses.
Symptoms typically include severe abdominal pain and diarrhea.