Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

May 15, 2008 19:49 ET

Health Hazard Alert: Ground Beef Sold by Paradise Halal Meat Market May Contain E. Coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the ground beef described below because it may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.

The fresh ground beef affected by this alert was sold over the counter by Paradise Halal Meat Market, 110-9006 123 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta from January 11 to January 14, 2008 (inclusive).

Consumers who may have purchased this product and still have it in their freezers are advised not to consume this product.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.

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.

Paradise Halal Meat Market is voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace.

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