Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 10, 2010 23:37 ET

Expanded Health Hazard Alert/CFIA: Certain Meat Products May Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - Audio clips available at www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/relations/indexaude.shtml.

The public warning issued on November 9, 2010 has been expanded to include additional retailers and products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain meat products described below because these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The following meat products, sold in British Columbia, are affected by this alert.

Store   Products   Codes   Dates
New Gulberg Market &
Halal Meats
118-12578, 72nd Ave.
Surrey, BC
  Lean Ground Beef   Price label
with sell
date
  Sold from September 3
(09/03/2010) to 13
(09/13/2010), inclusive
Taqwa Halal Meats
200-8462 162nd Street Surrey, BC
  Cyrus Foods Lean Ground Beef   Price label with packed on date   Packed on dates September  7 (SE07) to 12 (SE12), 2010, inclusive
Country Grocer (Royal Oak Store)
4420 West Saanich Road
Victoria, BC
  Lean Ground Beef
Extra Lean Ground Beef
  Price label with packed on date and BBD   Packed on dates
September  8 (08/09/10) to 16 (16/09/10), 2010 and BBD September 9 (09/09/10) to 17 (17/09/10), 2010, inclusive
Pak Halal
109-13030, 76th Ave. Surrey, BC
  Ground Beef
Ground Chicken
  none   Sold from September
3 to 5, 2010, inclusive
Zabiha
8-7795, 128th St.
Surrey, BC
  Ground Beef   none   Sold from September  3 to 9, 2010, inclusive
Dhaka Bazar Halal Meat & Fish Ltd.,
6011 Fraser St.
Vancouver, BC
  Fresh Ground Beef
Frozen Beef Kabobs
Frozen Beef Sausages
  none   Fresh ground: Sold from September  5 to 6, 2010, inclusive
Frozen products: Sold from September 5 to 12, 2010, inclusive
Butcher Block
319 4th St.
Courtney, BC
  Frozen Beef Patties   none   Sold from September  9 to 17, 2010, inclusive
Crofton Foods
8132 York Ave.
Crofton, BC
  Ground Beef   Price label with packed on date and BBD   Packed on date
September 10 to 17, 2010,  inclusive
BBD September 12 to17, 2010, inclusive
Homa Market
1648 Robson St.
Vancouver, BC
  Frozen Halal Ground Beef, Extra lean   none   Sold from
September 11 to 20, 2010, inclusive

There has been no reported illness associated with the consumption of these products.

These recalls are associated with a voluntary recall of beef trims conducted by Establishment 362 Pitt Meadows Meat Packers, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia.

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 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 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.

Photos of the products are available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/coli.pdf

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600