Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 02, 2007 23:43 ET

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): Recall of Rancher's Beef Products

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Rancher's Beef Ltd. of Balzac, Alta. (Est # 630) are recalling beef products described below from its corporate clients. This action is a result of the CFIA's ongoing investigation into the detection of E. coli O157:H7 linked to an illness outbreak in the US this summer. These products are being recalled as a precautionary measure to protect public health while the investigation at this facility continues.

Rancher's Beef Ltd. is recalling all beef products produced at Rancher's facility (Est #630) from June 8 to August 15, 2007 inclusive. The affected products were distributed directly to its corporate clients in Canada, which include distributors, processors and a small number of retail establishments. All affected clients are being advised not to process or distribute any remaining product and remove any affected processed raw product from the marketplace. The CFIA is also advising all processors and distributors who have received the affected Rancher's product to notify their local CFIA office.

The Rancher's plant is currently under receivership and no longer operating. Remaining product in Rancher's warehouse is under CFIA detention. The CFIA will continue to provide consumers with information as its investigation progresses.

The CFIA is also investigating an outbreak of E. coli illnesses this summer in Canada related to the same unique E. coli pattern found in the US. To date, no link has been confirmed between illnesses in Canada and product from the Rancher's plant.

The CFIA continues to work closely with the USDA and its other counterparts in other jurisdictions and is taking all the necessary steps to protect the public. The Government remains vigilant and committed to maintaining and improving Canada's food safety system by ensuring national and international industry standards are upheld.

Canadians are reminded that a number of simple steps should be taken when cooking with ground beef to reduce the likelihood of E. coli contamination and cross-contamination. Thoroughly cooking the meat and using safe handling practices can reduce the risk of illness. For more information, please refer to the following fact sheet: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/ecolie.shtml.

For more information, consumers can call 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). To receive information on food recalls or allergy alert notices by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit the CFIA web site at www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
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    613-228-6682