Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

May 15, 2008 01:05 ET

CFIA/Warning: Health Hazard Alert-Certain Ground Beef Products May Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - 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 ground beef products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The following ground beef products are affected by this alert.



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Retailer Product Size Dates of Sale
Description (inclusive)
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Eric's Meat Market, Lean ground Various March 6 to 16, 2008;
Kaslo BC beef (fresh) and, April 16 to
May 11, 2008.
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Slaters Meats Ltd., Bison Patties 5 units March 18 to May 13,
Victoria BC (frozen) per package 2008.
Prime Rib Patties
(frozen)
Chuck Patties
(frozen)
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Trimpac brand Various Pack Dates:
Beef Prime weights 2008.MR.14
Rib Burger 6 oz. 2008.AL.18
(frozen) 2008.AL.22
Item # 10915 Regardless of date
of sale.
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Ozark Country 6 oz. Prime Rib 2, 3 or 4 March 14 to April 11,
Meats, Beef Burgers units per 2008.
Surrey BC (frozen) package
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Tango's Gourmet Prime Rib 2 or 4 Feb. 22 to 29, 2008;
Meats Ltd., Burgers units per March 20 to 27, 2008;
Vancouver BC (frozen) package and, May 2 to 9,
2008.
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Heringer's Olde 1/4 Pound Various March 28 and 29,
Fashioned Burgers 2008.
Quality, (frozen)
Richmond BC
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Jackson's on Prime Rib Various Feb. 26 to March 26,
Granville Beef Patties 2008; and,
Vancouver BC (frozen) April 25 to May 13,
2008
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Consumers who may have 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.

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 supplier, Trimpac Meat Distributors, Inc, of Vancouver, BC and the retailers are 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 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
    Davendra Sharma (English)
    613-755-2890
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Julie Lacoursiere (French)
    613-760-4044