Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 09, 2013 00:55 ET

Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain Frozen Beef Burgers may Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 9, 2013) - The public warning issued on October 2, 2013 has been updated to include additional products.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Belmont Meats Ltd. (Est. 112) are warning the public not to consume the beef burgers described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

This recall is the result of an ongoing food safety investigation initiated as a result of a recent outbreak investigation. There may be recalls of additional products or best before dates as the food safety investigation at this facility continues.

The following products, sold frozen, are affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Best before date Distribution
Compliments Super 6 Beef Burgers 8 x 170 g
(6 oz) / 1.36 kg
0 55742 34129 4 2014 MA 27
B##*
Ontario, sold in the following Sobeys banner stores: Sobeys, Sobeys Urban, Foodland, Freshco and Price Chopper.
President's Choice Beef Burgers 4.54 kg 0 60383 37167 8 2014 FE 25
B##* BMP EST:112
Sold nationally at Loblaws banner stores
Webers Bucket of Burgers Beef Burger 1.02 kg 6 27843 06456 5 1313 B##*
BB/MA 2014 MA 11
may be national
* where ## is a variable number

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 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 manufacturer, Belmont Meats Ltd., Toronto, Ontario, is voluntarily recalling all affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact:

Belmont Meats Ltd., Azim Hosein, Director of Technical Services at (416) 749 -7250 ext. 334; or,

CFIA by filling out the online feedback form at http://www.inspection.gc.ca/contactus.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page at: http://inspection.gc.ca/food_poisoning.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/recalls.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: http://www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600