Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

March 13, 2012 04:17 ET

CFIA/Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain no Name Beef Burgers and Beef Steakettes may Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2012) - The public warning issued on February 25, 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 the no name beef burgers and beef steakettes described below because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following products are affected by this alert:

Product Size UPC Lot Code
no name 12 Beef Burgers 1.36 kg 0 60383 37333 7 BB 2012 AL 22
EST 761
no name Club Pack Beef Steakettes 2.27 kg 0 60383 01321 9 BB 2012 AL 22
EST 761

These products have been distributed by Loblaws nationally.

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, Burlington, ON 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 1-855-344-1825;

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

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Media Relations
    613-773-6600