Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

November 14, 2007 01:01 ET

Health Hazard Alert-Compliments Brand Frozen Beef Burgers May Contain E. Coli 0157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2007) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. are warning the public not to consume Compliments brand frozen beef burgers described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The following Compliments brand products are affected by this alert:

Product UPC Code Date
Compliments Super 8
Beef Burgers,
1.36 kg (6 x 8 oz) 55742 37055 BEST BEFORE 08/MAY/07
Beef Burgers w/Omega3,
1.13 kg (8 x 5 oz) 55742 35724 BEST BEFORE 08/MAY/07
Compliments Balance
Lean Beef Burger,
907 g (8 x 4 oz) 55742 36814 BEST BEFORE 08/MAY/07

These products have been distributed 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 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.

Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd., Mississauga, Ontario, 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:

Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd.


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

For information on receiving recalls by e-mail, or for other food safety facts, visit our web site at

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Garfield Balsom (English)
    (613) 760-4232
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    Food Recall and Emergency Response
    Linda LeBlanc (French)
    (613) 760-4112