Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 06, 2007 20:03 ET

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)/Warning: Expanded Health Hazard Alert-Certain Beef Products May Contain E. Coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2007) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The pubic warning issued on November 3, 2007 has been expanded to include additional stores and products.

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.

A table of the Updated November 6th, 2007 is available at the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/ina1106.pdf

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.

The list of affected stores and products will be updated as necessary while the CFIA's investigation and traceback continues.

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 retailers 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).

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.

Contact Information

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