Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 28, 2007 01:48 ET

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): Health Hazard Alert - Certain Beef Products May Contain E. coli 0157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

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

The affected products described below are being recalled as a result of the CFIA's investigation and traceback conducted on contaminated beef involving Ranchers Beef Ltd.(Establishment 630), Balzac, Alberta.



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Product Description Date Sold Store Location
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Chuck Steak Boneless Sold between June 20 Shoppers
(2 Steaks per Pack) and June 30, 2007 Wholesale
UPC 0 205204002069 inclusive and the Mr. G
retail outlets
Frozen Regular and/or Sold between June 20 in Prince George,
Lean Ground Beef and July 7, 2007 British Columbia
inclusive
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Lean Ground Beef Big Pack Sold between August 14 Buy- Low Foods,
UPC- 202106500389 and August 24, 2007 Lillooet,
inclusive for all products. British Columbia
Regular Ground Beef Big Pack
UPC- 202102600281

Lean Ground Beef
UPC - 202106600561

Regular Ground Beef
UPC- 202101700307
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The affected products described above are likely no longer available for sale. Consumers who may have previously purchased these products and still have them in their freezers, are advised not to consume these products.

There have been no reported illnesses 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 distributors are voluntarily recalling any affected products that may still be in the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

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).

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).

For information on E. coli O157:H7, visit the Food Facts web page athttp://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.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    613-760-4232
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    613-760-4112