Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

September 02, 2010 02:04 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: All Raw Beef Products Sold on August 6, 2010 From Kabul Farms, Beverley Hills Drive, North York, Ontario may Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 2, 2010) - 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 raw beef products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

All cuts of raw beef, including but not limited to tenderloin, beef chunks and ground beef, sold on August 6, 2010 from Kabul Farms retail store located at 40 Beverley Hills Drive in North York, Ontario, are affected by this alert. These beef products were wrapped at the store for sale on demand and may not bear a label indicating packing date, lot code, or a Best Before date. Consumers are advised to check their home refrigerator or freezer if they have the affected beef products.

The CFIA is aware of an E. coli O157:H7 illness outbreak in Ontario and is collaborating with its partners, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), Health Canada, and various health units in the Greater Toronto Area to investigate these illnesses. This investigation is ongoing.

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.

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 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