The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a public warning that beef products by XL Foods Inc., Edmonton, Alberta and various retailers, processors and distributors may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The CFIA has temporarily suspended XL Food's production.
The list of potentially affected foods—produced between August 24, 27, 28, 29 and September 5—is extensive. The current list is as follows:
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While there have been no reported illnesses associated with the voluntary recall, Customers are advised to check with store where the products were purchased.
The CFIA is investigating and verifying all potentially affected products. To stay informed of product updates throughout the investigation, consumers are also encouraged to subscribe to CFIA food recalls and allergy alerts.
Customers are warned that E. coli O157:H7 contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled, but may cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses, including permanent kidney damage and death. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people experience seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis.
For further information, the CFIA can be reached at 1-800-442-2342 /TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).