Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

February 25, 2012 02:45 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain Grillhouse Brand Beef Burger Products May Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2012) - The public warning issued on February 22, 2012 has been expanded to include additional products and distribution information.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and New Food Classics are warning the public not to consume certain Grillhouse beef burger products, described below, because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following Grillhouse brand products, bearing the establishment number 761, are affected by this alert:

Product Size Product Code Lot code
Angus Beef Burgers 4.59 kg 55377 11 OC 11
Beef Burger with Seasoning, 3.2 oz 4.54 kg 52988 11 OC 12
Beef Burger with Seasoning, 4 oz. 4.54 kg 52981 11 OC 12

These products have been distributed nationally through restaurants and institutional establishments.

There has been one reported illness 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 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, New Food Classics, 1122 International Blvd., Suite 601, Burlington, Ontario is 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 one of the following numbers:

New Food Classics at 1-289-398-2009 during business hours, and at 1-647-627-8761 after hours.

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 all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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