Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

August 09, 2008 00:42 ET

CFIA: Whole Foods Market® Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Ground Beef

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2008) - The following is an excerpt from a press release transmitted by Whole Foods Market IP, L.P., Austin, Texas to the news media on August 8th, 2008. Whole Foods Markets in Canada are located in Vancouver, Oakville and Toronto. For the full press release, please visit the Whole Foods website: http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/pr/wf/national/8-8-08groundbeefrecall.aspx

Whole Foods Market® Voluntarily Recalls Fresh Ground Beef

Multi-State Recall in Response to State, Federal Investigations of E. coli Outbreak

Austin, Texas. August 8, 2008. Today, Whole Foods Market announced a voluntary multi-state recall of the fresh ground beef it has sold between June 2 and August 6, 2008 because of a concern that it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria. Whole Foods Market is informed that the beef in question apparently came from Coleman Natural Beef whose Nebraska Beef processing plant was previously subject to a nationwide recall for E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

At this time, although the illnesses allegedly linked to Whole Foods Market are in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, it is broadening the voluntary recall to the following states out of an abundance of caution: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maine, Massachusetts, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D. C., Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Canada.

Whole Foods Market asks customers who may have ground beef purchased during these dates (including in the freezer) to dispose of the product and return to the store with the packaging or receipt for a full refund.

The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

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 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 receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our website at www.inspection.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Shashikant Kulkarni (English)
    613-368-1622
    or
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    613-760-4112