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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Contaminated Beef Alert Increases!

Canada Food Inspection Agency Advises: Throw Out Beef!


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

Do you know where your beef came from?

Beef cuts ranging from ground beef to outide round roasts are being tossed out across Canada in response to an increased voluntary recall issued October 16,  2012 from XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta. 
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 stores where the products were purchased or throw them out. Since the beef was unbranded in many stores where it was sold, it may be very difficult for consumers to know whether or nt they purchased beef included in this latest E.Coli alert.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. As additional affected products are confirmed, this table will be updated on the CFIAwebsite. 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.

E.coli Deadly Hidden Bacteria

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. TheCFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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