Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

October 21, 2013 01:11 ET

Updated Health Hazard Alert: Certain Uncooked Lean Ground Beef May Contain E. coli O157:H7 Bacteria

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 21, 2013) -

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The public warning issued on October 8, 2013 has been updated to include an additional product.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Belmont Meats Ltd. (Est. 112) are warning the public not to consume the uncooked lean ground beef described below because it 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 product, sold frozen, is affected by this alert:

Brand Product Size UPC Best before date
N/A Uncooked Lean Ground Beef 4 x 400 g
Net 1.6 kg
0 60597 35235 7 2014 JN 01 B##* BMP EST. 112

* where ## is a variable number

This product may have been distributed nationally at Loblaw banner stores.

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 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 product 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