Canada Recalls Seven Months Worth of Frozen Beef

CANADA - Earlier this week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a warning to consumers, distributors, retailers and restaurants not eat, use, serve or sell any ground beef products produced at Establishment 761 between July 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012 as these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
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Over 135 products under various brand names and codes could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

In addition to their brand names and codes, the affected products listed can be identified by the Establishment number that appears on the packages, cartons or cases. The products made at this facility bear Establishment number (EST) 761.

This recall is part of an ongoing food safety investigation. The CFIA is working with the responsible company to identify all affected products. As this information becomes available, it will be immediately included in the table on the CFIA website to help consumers identify all affected products.

These products have been distributed nationally to retail stores, restaurants, and institutional establishments, and were manufactured between July 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012.

There has been one reported illness associated with the consumption of one of the affected products.

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

A list of affected products can be found here.

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