E.coli beef warning

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain beef products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall of beef products in Canada is related to the expanded recall of beef products in the USA by JBS Swift Beef Company, Greeley, Colorado due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination (also see Colorado Firm Expands Recall of Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination).

The following President’s Choice (PC) brand beef products – steaks, roasts and ground beef, bearing Best Before dates April 29 to June 16, 2009 inclusive, are affected by this alert. These fresh (not frozen) beef products were sold at retail in variable weight packages consisting of trays with a plastic over wrap as well as from the in-store meat counters. Consumers are advised to check their freezers and dispose of if they have the affected beef products.

Product

UPC

PC cab sirloin tip stk marinating sc

21129700000

PC cab sirloin tip oven roast sc

21131500000

PC cab strip loin grilling stk sc

21130400000

PC cab strp loin prem oven rst sc

21130500000

PC cab tenderloin grilling stk sc

21866600000

PC cab tnderloin prem. oven rst sc

21126700000

PC cab flank marinating steak sc

21127500000

PC tnt top sirloin steak cp

20663200000

PC tnt top sirloin beefeater steak

21040700000

PC tnt top sirloin cap steak

21040800000

PC tnt top sirloin steak

21040900000

PC tnt top sirloin oven roast

21041000000

PC tnt top sirloin steak

20913700000

PC tnt top sirlion steak cp

20296500000

PC tnt top sirloin roast

20925300000

PC tnt top srln c/o beefeater

20901800000

PC tnt top srln cap stk bnls

20907900000

PC tnt top srln cap stk bnls

21019200000

PC tnt top sirloin steak

21019300000

PC tnt top sirlion steak cp

20335200000

PC tnt top srln c/o beefeater

21019100000

PC tnt top sirloin oven roast

21019400000

PC cab beef ground xlean sc

21129300000

PC cab beef ground lean sc

28519200000

These products have been distributed in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada from the following retail stores:

Ontario:

  • Cash & Carry
  • Real Canadian Wholesale Club
  • Dominion
  • Extra Foods
  • Fortinos
  • Freshmart
  • Loblaws
  • No Frills
  • Real Canadian Superstore
  • Loblaw Superstore
  • Valu-mart
  • Your Independent Grocer
  • Zehrs
  • Westfair

Québec:

  • AXEP
  • Intermarché
  • Loblaws
  • Entrepôt Presto
  • Club Entrepôt Provigo
  • Provigo

Atlantic:

  • Cash & Carry
  • Real Canadian Wholesale Club
  • Dominion
  • Freshmart
  • Red & White
  • Quick Mart
  • Save Easy
  • Atlantic Superstore
  • Valu-mart

In addition to the products listed above, the following beef product is also affected:

Beef Knuckle Roast, 4 to 5 lbs size, sold fresh from April 30 to June 10, 2009 from Sue’s Market, 205 Don Head Village Blvd., Richmond Hill, Ontario.

There have been no reported illnesses in Canada associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may 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.

The manufacturers 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 1-800-442-23 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).42 or 1-800-465-7735

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 receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Also Read:

Health Canada reminder of holiday food safety
Beware Of Pink Meat
Salmonella (Salmonellosis)

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