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Canadian Food Inspection Agency orders ground beef recall

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September 17th, 2012

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has ordered a recall of ground beef at stores across Canada, including Costco, Walmart, Safeway and Calahoo Meats stores.

The ground may have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

Most of the products, from XL Food in Alberta, were distributed in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario but the Costco products were sold right across Canada under the Kirkland Signature brand.

The CFIA is warning the public, distributors and food service establishments not to consume, sell, or serve the ground beef products because the products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

Consumers who are unsure if they have affected products are advised to check with the stores where they were purchased, according to CFIA.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

This voluntary recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation. CFIA is working with the recalling firms and distributors to identify and verify all affected products. If additional affected products are confirmed, this table will be updated on the CFIA website

Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this 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.

For more information check out the CFIA website http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/corpaffr/recarapp/2012/20120916e.shtml

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